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Griffey to Seattle

Because of the time it took for him to reach a decision and the fact that he’d had limited contact with the Braves in more than 24 hours, I can’t say I’m shocked that Ken Griffey Jr. chose to sign with the Mariners. 

Seattle provides him a unique nostalgic opportunity to return to his Major League roots.  In addition, the Mariners were willing to provide more money than the Braves.

As of last night, both teams were offering a $2 million guarantee.  The incentive package offered by the Mariners was more financially lucrative.

With Griffey out of the picture, look for the Braves to make a trade or give one of their young outfielders a chance to platoon in left field with Matt Diaz.  They seem more intrigued with these options than the prospect of signing free agent Garrett Anderson.

I think this might definitely open the door for Jordan Schafer, who certainly has more power potential than Gregor Blanco or Josh Anderson.  Anderson is out of options and likely to land a roster spot.  Schafer is a sound defender who can play both left and center.

Having received a Major League-low 27 homers from their outfielders last year, the Braves needed to find some power to add to their outfield mix.  Their best chance to gain this power might  be via trade.  

What made Griffey more intriguing than Nick Swisher and Xavier Nady was his cost.  Now Wren might have to find a way to be able to afford one of these two Yankees outfielders.

– Mark Bowman

Still no Griffey update

When I arrived at the stadium at 7:15 a.m. my intentions were to find something more interesting than the fact that Kelly Johnson avoided an arbitration hearing by agreeing to a one -year, $2.85 million contract. 

But there were no signs of Ken Griffey Jr. in the clubhouse on Wednesday morning and I’m no longer convinced we’re going to see him on the Disney property later today.

From what I can gather, Griffey still hasn’t told the Braves that he’s firmly decided whether he’ll be playing in Seattle or Atlanta this year.  This certainly wasn’t what I was expecting to gather when I woke up at the crack of dawn. 

My expectation was that The Kid would be participating with the Braves during their first full-squad workout this morning.  But for now  the waiting game continues and  based on everything that has happened this offseason, I think I’m done making any assumptions.

While remaining optimistic that Griffey will choose Atlanta over Seattle, Chipper Jones has said that he won’t actually believe it to be true until he sees him in the Braves clubhouse.  I’ve now officially adopted that same mindset.

– Mark Bowman

Griffey says he hasn't made decision

During a phone conversation with’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

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