Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.
February 18, 2009 6:15 PM
Posted by Geoff Baker
A replay of our live report from earlier tonight, where the Mariners officially announce the return of Ken Griffey Jr. to Seattle. Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik just came in the room and spoke, telling us that Griffey will see some action in left field as well as serving time as DH. Spring training will have a lot to do with that outcome. Zduriencik also noted that team president Chuck Armstrong played a huge role in convincing Griffey to return.
"This means a lot to this franchise,'' Zduriencik said. "I think this means a lot to us from a baseball standpoint. We have been pursuing it all along thinking of coming up with a lefthanded hitter. And to have an opportunity to bring a guy back like a ken Griffey Jr....is a tremendous, tremendous thing for this organization.''
Zduriencik also said there was no Plan B had Griffey signed with the Braves. He says he was prepared to go with what he already had in camp. It wasn't until Zduriencik got off the phone with me, where I told you that he was not denying the TV report, that he finally got the official call from Groffey's agent Brian Goldberg. What a night. More coming up. Lots of audio and video.