Thursday, February 12, 2009

Report: Mariners Closing In On Griffey

ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick is reporting, citing two anonymous sources, that the Mariners are now focused on bringing Ken Griffey Jr. back to his baseball home:

The Seattle Mariners have stepped up the pace in negotiations that could bring Ken Griffey Jr. back to the city where he spent the first 11 years of his major league career, two baseball sources told ESPN.com.

Although it's unclear whether the Mariners have extended a formal offer, two sources said the team made significant progress this week in talks to bring back Griffey. Several reports this winter have indicated that Griffey is seeking a one-year deal for a base salary in the $5 million range.


Any new sense of urgency the Mariners feel may be in reaction to the deals of Bobby Abreu (Angels) and Adam Dunn (Nationals) the past couple days. In the free-agent game of musical outfield positions, Griffey and Garrett Anderson are still standing.

As noted a few days ago, the Reds' team doctor is convinced that the 2009 model of Griffey will look more like the 2007 version (.277, 30 homers) than the 2008 one (.249, 18 homers). His prognosis is based on Griffey's recovery from the latest in the long string of leg problems that plagued The Kid after departing Seattle for Cincinnati.

Griffey is playing golf this week in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. So his knee must be feeling fine; you can't swing free in golf with a bum knee, any more than you can in baseball.

2 comments:

Paul said...

Welcome back Kenny. It's been a long time. He clearly has something left in the tank, and unless/until he proves otherwise, opposing teams and pitchers still need to be careful with him. He's good #5-#6 protection in the lineup for a young M's team.

Dennis said...

The Seattle Mariners are in talks to bring Jr back to Seattle. Ken Griffey Jr, with 611 HRs, 13 All Star games, & fifth on the all time HR list (forth if you don't count Bonds, which I don't). All Jr wants is a one year $5 million deal, which is not much to ask. Click on the link below to send an email to the Seattle Mariners and DEMAND they go through with the deal and bring Jr back to the house that he built...Safeco Field.
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