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Griffey to the Braves? Today?

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has been banging the drum about Ken Griffey Jr. joining the Braves for the past two days. And even after Griffey's agent denied reports that Griffey had agreed to a deal with the Braves last night, O'Brien insists one is in place, and that Griffey could be at the team's spring training home in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. -- about 20 minutes from his home in Orlando -- as early as this evening.

We've got no reason to question O'Brien's reporting, and more than that, we've got no reason to question the instinct of Chipper Jones, who gave O'Brien the following quotes about the Griffey situation:

"All signs are good," said Chipper, who's talked to Griffey daily for the past week. "But I'm not going to smile until he's signed." (For the record, Chipper smiled as he said that.) ...

"I guess he thinks I've got some pull over here," Jones said, smiling. "He's always wanted to play over here. He loves Bobby [Cox]. Now he's got his opportunity. Hopefully he'll be patrolling left field pretty soon."

That sounds promising for Atlanta, doesn't it? The parameters of contract discussions that leaked out last night look promising for the Braves, too. According to multiple counts, both the Braves and Mariners were offering between $1.5-2 million in guaranteed money, not the $4+ million the Mariners were reportedly considering last week. Now, there's likely more bonus money available with the Mariners, but who knows how those bonuses would be structured and whether they'd be realistically achievable.

Put it all together, and it sure sounds as if the Braves may be Griffey's final destination. What do people think? At $1.5 million you'd have to call him an incredible bargain, even given the injury risk, wouldn't you?

By Cameron Smith  |  February 18, 2009; 1:22 PM ET
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No, $1.5 million is not an incredible bargain, particularly if it only buys you a week of playing time before Griffey heads to the DL with a herniated ovary or dislocated CV joint or torn flexor tendon in his funny bone. The guy is a walking slip-and-fall case.

Then again, as it's the Braves we're talking about, I'm all for this signing.

Posted by: wahoo2x | February 18, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

As a life long braves fan and resident of Atlanta I just think we could have spent that money on much younger talent and gotten a better return. At the very least, we could have offered more to John Smoltz so that he might have finished his career here.

Posted by: will_ga | February 18, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

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