Griffey says he hasn't made decision
During a phone conversation with MLB.com’s Jim Street this afternoon, Ken Griffey Jr. said that he hasn’t decided where he’ll be playing this year. The 39-year-old outfielder said he could decide to play for the Braves or the Mariners later today or tomorrow.
“We are still kicking things around with my family and have not made a decision,” Griffey said. “This is the first time in my career that I’ve been a free agent and it’s nerve-wracking.”
Citing a source close to the veteran outfielder and familiar with the on-going negotiations, <i> The Atlanta-Journal Constitution </i> reported early Tuesday afternoon that Griffey had chosen the Braves over the Mariners. <p>
Griffey and his agent Brian Goldberg said that report wasn’t accurate.
Braves general manager Frank Wren was scheduled to meet with Goldberg on Tuesday afternoon. In the hours following that meeting, Griffey could announce his decision.
While Griffey hasn’t revealed his decision, there’s still certainly reason to believe that he’ll end up with the Braves. But until he makes an official decision, there’s at least reason to wonder if he’ll end up returning to Seattle, where he began his Major League career 20 years ago.
– Mark Bowman