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It would be nice to see him return to Seattle though, after all he saved that franchise.

Yeah...but when you hear news like "He wouldn't have to leave home for Spring Training, His daughter plays for AAU teams in Atlanta, he's always wanted to play for Bobby Cox, etc, etc," plus pics like this.

It's probably meant to be. :P

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Braves enter into talks with Griffey, could steal him from Mariners.

This would be great for so many reasons:

1: If we get him in here for cheap, then it'll be low-risk high-reward. Griffey won't break the bank, and he can still kill right-handed pitching.

2: He'd be able to platoon with Matt Diaz in LF. That would be a damn good platoon.

3: He'd add another good vet presence in the clubhouse.

4: Merch & tickets would definitely go up with this guy in town. Atlanta loves stars. If they'll show up to see the other team's stars, then you can bet that attendance will go up with Griffey in left field.

5: Griffey is the captain of TFoA's Childhood's Baseball All-Stars. :P

6: We'd actually have a shot at contending...or, at least more of a shot than the Mariners, who basically only want him for nostalgia's sake.

So yeah, I said all of that to say this: I REALLY want this to happen. This would be the cap on a good offseason.

The Braves were really close to acquiring Griffey back in the offseason when he got dealt to Cincinnati. Seattle wanted Andruw Jones in return, and Atlanta wisely didn't give him up.

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While Griffey is certainly on the back nine of his career, he still has a couple solid years left in him. He won't be a starter or a huge difference maker of any sort, but he'd be a great role player and a fantastic leader.

I think he'd make a great DH/part time OFer. I'd love to have him on the O's, but we've got too many people in those positions right now.

I'm really hoping he goes back to Seattle. It be great to see him finish his career there (plus I have a MLB.com gift certificate and I'd love to get a Mariners Griffey T-Shirt). But as TFoA stated, Atlanta seems to be the best fit for him right now.

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Word on the street is that it's 1.5-2 million for one year. The money really doesn't matter, because Griffey's about to get MAD bank from deferred money from the Reds, around the tune of $5 mil over the next 16 years. So money isn't an object in this deal, it's whether or not he wants to come...and by the looks & sounds of things, Griffey's going to be a Brave very soon.

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With Griffey you're just paying for the name,these days, but he it is a name that can put asses in seats and move jerseys, so $2 million sounds like a very good number. From a strictly baseball standpoint, there's probably better options out there, as far as going forward*, but I think their top OF prospects are a year or two away.

*edit, actually I guess not. Doesn't seem like a bad move to bridge to Jason Heyward.

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With Griffey you're just paying for the name,these days, but he it is a name that can put asses in seats and move jerseys, so $2 million sounds like a very good number. From a strictly baseball standpoint, there's probably better options out there, as far as going forward*, but I think their top OF prospects are a year or two away.

*edit, actually I guess not. Doesn't seem like a bad move to bridge to Jason Heyward.

You're absolutely right. Griffey will put more people in the stands and sell jerseys. I know I'll buy a Griffey jersey if he comes to Atlanta. Griffey wins too because like TFoA was saying, he is gonna get some crazy money from the Reds. The other thing is being so close to his home. At this point in his career, that's gonna be a big deal for him. Imagine the influence he could have on some of those young Braves hitters too. This was something that could have happened years ago, but now it looks like a reality.

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According to atlantabraves.com, Griffey should have a decision by tomorrow. I'm crossing my fingers on this one.

Yes me too, I havent been in ths thread to talk about it, but as soon as I read it on ESPN, I was jumping up and down just at the thought of it, Griffey has always been one of my favorite players, the fact he mught be a brave would be amazing, I really hope he comes to Atlanta, because we really need him.

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According to atlantabraves.com, Griffey should have a decision by tomorrow. I'm crossing my fingers on this one.

Yes me too, I havent been in ths thread to talk about it, but as soon as I read it on ESPN, I was jumping up and down just at the thought of it, Griffey has always been one of my favorite players, the fact he mught be a brave would be amazing, I really hope he comes to Atlanta, because we really need him.

No you don't. He is barely an above average hitter and his defense is 19 runs below average. If he is a DH, cool, maybe he can be useful and a nice PR thing. But if you want him to play the field every day, he's no more than a replacement player with a little extra name value. He is an older, more fragile, hitting Buddy Carlyle. The semblance of power he has left won't be worth what you will pay him.

And some of you guys know the absurd mancrush I have on Junior. It's just the truth.

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