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Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Kid Who Is Not So Much A Kid Anymore Talking With Braves

Braves are said to be talking to free agent Ken Griffey, Jr.

Signing him may actually be a good idea.

At this point in his career, Griffey is probably a good drawing card and he would put a few extra butts in the seats in Atlanta. Lord knows that they need as many Braves fans at the park as they can get.

He had an average season last year: .249/.353/.424, 18 HR, 71 RBI, 78 BB, 89 SO, 101 OPS+. That could indicate that he has some production left in the tank. The Braves' best outfielder last season was Greg Norton:

Norton w/Braves, 2008: .246/.361/.427, 7 HR, 31 RBI, 27 R, 31 BB, 40 SO, 108 OPS+

He played 25 games in left, so we can call him an outfielder.

If the Braves end up signing Griffey, I'm not going to be upset. Griffey would only be holding back Brandon Jones and Jordan Schafer, who would spend time in Richmond while Diaz platoons with Griffey. Gregor Blanco or Josh Anderson would man center until the brass deems Schafer ready for the majors.

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