David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution just broke this one — Griffey apparently was at the Braves’ facility here in Orlando today and met with Frank Wren, Atlanta’s general manager.
Nobody in the media actually saw them — I’m still sitting in the press box, and I’ve been here since 11 a.m. Eastern time — but O’Brien’s sources told him of the meeting.
So, what does it mean? One obvious interpretation is they were finalizing a deal. Or maybe Griffey just wanted a face-to-face meeting, which makes sense in that he lives just 20 minutes away from Disney World, where the Braves’ complex is located. (By the way, scratch those rumors that Griffey stayed back on the West Coast after playing in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am over the weekend).
This should all play out fairly soon — Tuesday morning at the latest. I don’t have any more details than that at the moment. I’ve been unable to reach Griffey’s agent, Brian Goldberg. All I know is that the same sense of inevitability that surrounded Griffey’s supposedly “imminent” signing with the Mariners — and yes, folks, I used that word in my story last week because I felt it was accurate at the time, and I still do; sometimes, circumstances change — is now being felt vis-a-vis the likelihood of him signing with Atlanta.
If I were a Griffey-phile, I’d brace myself for bad news. Then if it goes the other way, think how good you’ll feel.