Griffey to Atlanta? Sounds Like It.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Griffey has agreed to terms with the Braves, though the physical hasn’t been taken and no press conference is expected until tomorrow (Edit: Link corrected – earlier link led to wrong page.
No official announcement yet, but just as it seemed 99.99% likely that Griffey would be a Mariner last week, it’s now 99.99% likely that he’ll be a Brave. Apparently, he chose proximity to his family over playing in Seattle… again.
For those of you who were itching to see Junior play in Safeco, I’m sorry. I obviously wasn’t as enthusiastic as you were, but I can still at least sympathize with your dashed hopes. I do wonder, though, if Junior spurning the fans again will burn some bridges. It’s obviously more important to a lot of Mariner fans to see him play in Seattle than it is to Griffey himself.
So, with Griffey (likely) out of the picture, where does that leave the M’s. Well, first off, let me make one request to the front office.
We Don’t Want Garret Anderson.
Barring the M’s doing something pointless like bringing in Anderson, hopefully this will push the M’s towards other options. Like, say, Nick Swisher or Nick Johnson. The Braves were seemingly the top destination for Swisher, so perhaps this pushes the Yankees to call the M’s and see if something can be worked out. Barring a move to pick up an actual productive player, though, the M’s should be willing to just go forward with what they have. There is no “washed up veteran LH hitter” position that the team has to fill. If they can’t find a potentially productive, low cost OF/DH type, they can go forward with what they have.