Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.
February 12, 2009 8:57 AM
Posted by Geoff Baker
UPDATE (9:27 a.m.): Actually, Griffey is golfing, just not in Orlando. Nothing is going to happen until next week, But yes, the two sides have exchanged figures and Griffey will be coming back for one more year if all goes well. Meaning, if he doesn't fall off a golf cart first. But terms have yet to be agreed to. Conversation is still ongoing. That's it. I'm done. Promise.
Still at home, would be my guess. Golfing? Perhaps. It's been nice and cool in the Orlando area lately, perfect golfing weather. The point is, for those of you emailing to ask, or flooding our newspaper "tip line'' last night, I'm not going to keep updating every "development'' in the Griffey situation as if it's a horse race. To paraphrase Richard Gere in An Officer and a Gentleman: He ain't got no place else to go!
And so, the next "development'' you will see from me will be when he actually agrees to a deal with the club. Yes, there are rumors out in the blogosphere that Griffey has agreed to terms and only has to pass a physical to be a Mariner. Remember how long that took in the Erik Bedard trade last year? I'm not going through that again. And besides, considering the situation and the removal of Bobby Abreu and Adam Dunn from the market, it would not take any concrete knowledge for the blogosphere to guess that a Griffey deal is close. Don't need inside information on that. So, those rumors? Just that for now. But yeah, there's probably something to them. Given the situation, you would expect the two sides would be close on a deal. But anyone could guess that based on logic.
I know you're all excited and want to treat every Griffey whisper like it's "news''. But just because ESPN tells you things are "heating up" doesn't make it news. What does heating up mean, exactly? Nothing is heating up. There are no other free agents out there for the Mariners to pursue. Griffey isn't going to get a better offer than he will from Seattle. What remains now is to dot the "i's'' and "q's" the "p's'' or something like that. So, barring a last-minute trade for a bat, I figure something will happen within the next few days.
But that's it. I'm not going to treat this like an ongoing saga that's full of twists and turns. There are no twists and turns here. Griffey has nowhere else to play, and the M's need a bat and have skipped all the better alternatives. All that remains now is to either pull off a trade or sign Griffey. If either happens, I will let you know. For now, return to your regularly scheduled program. Actually, get ready for today at 11 a.m. and our new blog feature, which, given your chatty moods, should prove interesting.