Griffey meets with Wren
What was shaping up as a rather ordinary Spring Training Monday at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex turned into a rather interesting one when some guy named Ken Griffey Jr. arrived to meet with Braves general manager Frank Wren.
Wren is scheduled to meet with Griffey’s agent, Brian Goldberg, on Tuesday and in the hours that follow, the veteran outfielder will likely announce whether he’ll be playing for the Braves or Mariners this year.
If I had to guess, Griffey is going to choose the geographical advantages provided by the Braves. Going to Spring Training approximately 20 minutes from his Orlando-area residence is just as appealing as the fact that his family will be just a one-hour flight away from Atlanta once the season begins.
I’m not putting much stock in the nostalgic angle of Griffey making the cross-country return to Seattle. The Mariner Moose is the only familiar face he’d recognize from his previous days with the Mariners organization.
If Griffey reaches an agreement on Tuesday, he could be with the Braves when they hold their first full-squad workout on Wednesday.
Within the next week, the Braves will likely also reach an agreement with Tom Glavine. But regardless of when he signs, the 300-game winner isn’t expected to come to camp for at least another week.
When Glavine made his Major League debut for the Braves in 1987, his left fielder that day was Ken Griffey Sr. Twenty-two years later, the crafty southpaw could end his career with Jr. as his teammate.
With Glavine and Griffey, the Braves would have the unique opportunity to have a members of the 600-homer club and 300-wins club on the same team. I’ll have to check with Elias to see if this has ever happened. Or better yet, I’ll start researching this myself and will update later.
– Mark Bowman