Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Welcome aboard, Ken Griffey Jr.!

YAY! Best news of the day!!

Griffey picks Braves over Mariners

The 39-year-old erstwhile “Kid” — also known as “Junior” — decided to sign with the Braves over an offer to return to Seattle, where he played his first 11 seasons with the Mariners and was the American League MVP in 1997.

The two teams made similar offers, believed to be in the range of $2 million guaranteed, with incentives tied to staying healthy and getting a lot of plate appearances.

Griffey, who live in Orlando, is nearly a decade removed from his years as a Gold Glove center fielder — he won 10 of those fielding awards in a row in the ’90s — but is still at least a serviceable outfielder and a formidable hitter against right-handed pitching.

He’s expected to play primarily in left field for the Braves, probably in a platoon role right-handed hitter Matt Diaz, though Griffey could also play against some lefty pitchers.

Pictures and the final word soon...

ETA: Pics! This one, from Rowland's Office, is so freakin' cute and awesome. This one, from the AJC... mmmm, new Brave butt. :D

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