Griffey has apparently mentioned to some friends that he’s leaning towards the Braves, but no official word has come out yet. The AJC’s Dave O’Brien says that Griffey’s camp promised the Mariners they’d speak with the team before announcing their deal and are saying what they need to until the ink is dry and Griffey can officially announce he’s chosen the Braves. He has no doubt that Jr. will end up in Atlanta.
Previous update: Griffey is now saying that he hasn’t chosen the Braves, according to a story on the Mariners website. Hopefully this doesn’t mean the M’s get him. Check back for updates…
Earlier today our Rue Grant got a text indicating that Griffey had picked the Braves over the Seattle Mariners. This was corroborated independently by Dave O’Brien over at the AJC – but as the day wore on, Griffey and his agent have come out and said that a decision has not been reached yet. We’re supposed to hear this afternoon or this evening about Griffey’s final decision. Word has it that Griffey is almost certain to sign in Atlanta, though.
If Griffey comes to Atlanta to likely platoon in left field with Matt Diaz. Griffey hits right handers very well still and Diaz absolutely hates on lefties, so they’ll make a great platoon in left field. Griffey will being some experience, leadership, and probably a bit of fun to the clubhouse – he may not be young anymore, but he’s still The Kid at heart.
In 2007, both Diaz and Griffey’s last fully healthy seasons, the stats look like this: Griffey hit .300 off righthanders with 21 homers and 65 RBIs. Diaz hit .356 off lefties with 9 HRs and 27 RBIs. Diaz was sharing left field duties some that year, though. That’s not half bad to have in left field – we have something to look forward to in 2009. I’d expect to see Griffey bat in the 3 hole (his customary place) or maybe 6th – not sure where Cox would put Diaz, but knowing Cox it’ll change multiple times during the season.
Are you excited about the possibility of Griffey in the Braves’ lineup this year? We sure are – Griffey is and always has been a class act and we think he’d fit right in with the team. Can’t wait to see a fan group pop up, though. Naming that one will be creative – I can’t think of much that rhymes with Junior or Griffey. Take your best shot.
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