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CHICAGO - The White Sox have declined their $16-million option on outfielder Ken Griffey for 2009, instead paying him a $4-million buyout, SI.com and the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

Griffey, a 13-time All-Star who ranks fifth all time with 611 home runs, played 41 games for Chicago after being acquired from the Reds just before the July 31 trade deadline. He batted .260 with a .347 on-base percentage and a .405 slugging percentage with the AL Central champion White Sox and batted .249, .353, .424 in 143 games overall.

Griffey was 2-for-10 with a walk during Chicago's 3-1 loss to the Rays in the AL Division Series.

Griffey, 38, is a career .288 hitter in 20 seasons with a .373 OBP and a .547 slugging percentage. He won the 1997 AL MVP award and has won 10 Gold Gloves in centerfield.

CORRALES REHIRED: Less than a month after firing Pat Corrales as their bench coach, the Nationals are making him a special consultant to general manager Jim Bowden.

Washington also announced that former major-league outfielder Devon White will be a special assistant for player development. White was the Nationals' roving outfield coordinator last season.

Corrales, 67, was manager Manny Acta's bench coach the past two seasons. Most of Acta's coaching staff was removed on the last day of the regular season.

BREWERS: Third baseman Casey McGehee was claimed off waivers from the Cubs. McGehee, 26, spent most of last season at Triple A, where he batted .296 with 12 homers and 92 RBIs in 133 games. In a September callup, McGehee hit .167 and drove in five runs in his first nine big-league games. To make room on the roster, infielder Joe Dillon was designated for assignment.

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