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Junior Griffey Being Tied to Five Teams, Including Rays and Mariners

by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jan 4th 2009 2:08PM by Matt Snyder (author feed)
The aging Ken Griffey Jr. is being connected in rumors to the Tampa Bay Rays, Seattle Mariners, one other American League team, and two National League teams.

With the Rays, Griffey would get a chance to play close to home and likely would have a shot at finally winning his first World Series ring. With Seattle, Griffey would get to close out his illustrious career in the same place where it began. The main problem is that there doesn’t seem to be much hope for the Mariners to be competitive this season.

I’m a bit surprised to hear about two National League teams being in the fray. At age 39, Griffey’s not near the defender he once was, nor is he remotely durable. Playing the field greatly increases his chances of getting injured and, in turn, hampers his offensive productivity. In a designated hitter role, he could still be productive enough to help a team — even a contending one.Continue Reading

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