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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ken Griffey, Jr. Returns To Seattle; Russell Branyan Declines One-Year Offer

Jon Heyman reports that Ken Griffey, Jr. will return to Seattle for 2010, with a $2M plus incentives contract for one year. Hat tip to David Pinto, who rightly reckons this a mistake for a replacement-level player.

U.S.S. Mariner is nonplussed:

If we assume that the M’s are going to carry 12 pitchers again, that leaves them with a four man bench. One of those spots is reserved for the back-up catcher, and now Junior occupies another. That means the final two bench spots have to serve as the reserves for the other eight spots on the field. The in-house candidates for those spots are currently Jack Hannahan, Bill Hall, Matt Tuiasosopo, and Ryan Langerhans.


We wouldn’t have made this move. That should be obvious by now. It won’t destroy the franchise, but it’s an inefficient use of resources, and exposes the team to some real problems if [Franklin] Gutierrez gets hurt. The M’s just became a little less likely to win in 2010.

What's odd is what this says about GM Jack Zduriencik; he's probably better than Bavasi, but by how much?

In related news, Russell Branyan has turned down a one-year deal from Seattle, hoping to find at least a two-year contract somewhere. He filed for free agency earlier in the week.

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