Griffey and Glavine still the buzz in camp
There’s still no definitive word that Ken Griffey Jr. has chosen the Braves over the Mariners. But we’ve reached a point where I’d definitely be shocked if Griffey wasn’t stretching alongside Chipper Jones and Brian McCann on Wednesday, when the Braves hold their first full-squad workout of the season.
Even if Griffey makes his decision today, there’s a chance the Braves wouldn’t hold a press conference until Wednesday. At the same time, they could officially announce that they’ve reached also reached an agreement with Tom Glavine.
These signings could prove historic for the Braves. I still haven’t found any other instance where any of the six members of the 600-homer club have been a member of that club while playing with one of the 23 pitchers who had already joined the 300-wins club. I’ll let you know if Elias provides verification later today.
If the Braves do indeed get both Glavine and Griffey, they will have to remove two players from their 40-man roster. My guess is that right-handed pitcher Anthony Lerew and outfielder Gregor Blanco will be the roster victims.
I walked in with Jeff Francoeur today and there certainly didn’t seem to be any indication that he’s disturbed by the fact that it appears he’ll be going to Phoenix for an arbitration hearing on Friday.
It still seems quite hard to believe that Francoeur even has a chance to win the $3.95 million salary that he’s requesting. As for Kelly Johnson, it still appears he’ll reach an agreement before his scheduled arbitration hearing on Thursday.
— Mark Bowman