Still awaiting official word that Ken Griffey Jr. has joined the Atlanta Braves. But Braves slugger Chipper Jones, a good friend of Griffey’s who has been on top of this whole thing from the start, tried to explain this morning why this process is dragging itself out.
“I think he feels like he owes Seattle their due respect,” Jones told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which broke the initial story that he was heading to the Braves. “He said he’d talk to the guys out there.”
And Griffey hadn’t yet done that on Tuesday when news first broke that he had picked Atlanta. I speculated yesterday that this was probably why he issued a denial he’d chosen anyone. But it was only the Braves that Griffey’s camp was finalizing things with all day yesterday and not the Mariners.
As far as I know, nothing has changed. I see no new talks between Griffey and the M’s that would lead me to believe any open negotiations are taking place. Like I said, our source told us this Braves deal had been agreed to, gave us the price parameters and said it would be finalized later in the day. I can’t control the timeline, folks. Sorry, I know you are all impatient to lay this thing to rest. So am I, trust me. I want to get on with covering spring training in a normal way.
The Mariners are dressing in the clubhouse for their first full-squad workout of the spring. They will be addressed by manager Don Wakamatsu, then hit the field between 8:45 and 9 a.m.
February 18, 2009 at 8:08 AM