November 11, 2009

The Kid is back for one more go around

Hey Mariners fans, the kid is back! Today they signed Griffey to a one-year deal for 2010.

Ken Griffey Jr. has reached agreement on a one-year deal to return to the Seattle Mariners in 2010.

The deal is similar to the 2009 contract that paid Griffey a base salary of $2 million and earned him $3.15 million total with incentives, the source said.

"We're tickled pink that he's decided to come back,'' Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik said from the GMs meetings in Chicago. "He was such a positive role model, if you will, for a lot of players. He likes where we're headed and he likes what's going on here. He's a first ballot Hall of Famer and the greatest player in Seattle Mariners history.''

Last year I though that this was a move to sell tickets. The second time around is also probably to sell tickets but there was a unintended side-effect. The Mariners were much better on the field and in the dugout. It looked like some guys were having fun. Griffey's performance at the plate was pretty awful (he did hit 19 homers though) but he had a good influence on the clubhouse, one that was very fragmented the season before. I never saw that coming, I figured Griffey would be a spoiled star and the seasons of malcontent would continue.  Not the case.

As long as the Mariners aren't counting on him to have a breakthrough year, it's good they have him back.

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