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Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.

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February 18, 2009 5:35 PM

Griffey returns home

Posted by Geoff Baker

It's now been confirmed that Ken Griffey Jr. is heading back to the Mariners on a one-year contract, reportedly for a base salary of roughly $2 million and incentive bonuses as well. This stunning turn of events comes after Atlanta Braves officials worked yesterday to finalize a deal with the 39-year-old slugger.

"Last I heard, they were expecting him on the field this morning,'' one Braves official told me moments ago. "Seattle must have upped their offer.''

When I spoke moments ago to Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik and put the question to him, he hesitated before answering.

"I've still got some work to do,'' he said.

Sounded like he needed to get pen to paper. But when I asked him if he was denying that Griffey had agreed to a deal, he said he was not denying it.

I owe all of you a huge apology for yesterday's story. I don't like saying deals are done when they turn out not to be.

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