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Ken Griffey Jr. wants to play another year

Sep 4, 2009, 10:56 AM EDT

No sense yet if the Mariners feel the same way:

“If it works out for both sides, I’m fine,” Griffey told The Associated Press before the Mariners opened a four-game series against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday night. “We’ll figure it out at the end of the year. We’ve still got 30 days.”

As Rob Neyer noted yesterday, Griffey has been a drag on the Mariners offense this season, and at his age and with his health, there is no reason to suspect that he could do any better next year.

The article mentions that Griffey’s people and the Mariners are having talks of some kind, but I can’t help but think the Mariners are only pursuing them out of deference to a guy who will be wearing their cap when he enters the Hall of Fame.  All due respect to a wonderful guy who has had a wonderful career, but if Seattle brings him back, they’re simply not serious about wanting to win baseball games.

  1. J. McCann - Sep 4, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    I honestly thought he would do better this year.
    But with all the pitchers everyone carries, he can’t be one of your 12 or 13 position players.
    How about this:
    Make him a coach next year who works out with the team all year, and promise to activate him on Sept. 1st (or earlier if they are beset with injuries and go in the tank.) Let him see there are no offers out there for him to be a starter and that this is his best option.

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