Mariners Reach Agreement With Ken Griffey Jr.

11:53am: The Mariners confirmed the news in a press release.  A quote from Griffey:

I look forward to contributing in any role that Don (Wakamatsu) sees fit on the field, and any manner I possibly can off the field.

10:54am: The Mariners have reached an agreement on a one-year deal with Ken Griffey Jr., according to Larry Stone of the Seattle TimesESPN's Jerry Crasnick says Junior's new contract is similar to last year's.  SI's Jon Heyman says it's a $2MM base with incentives that could exceed $1MM.  The Griffey signing did no harm a year ago, but this time around it makes less sense.

Griffey, who turns 40 soon, hit .214/.324/.411 in 454 plate appearances, earning $2MM plus incentives.  He mostly served as the team's DH, logging 83 outfield innings.  Griffey had arthroscopic knee surgery last month. 

One ripple effect: the Mariners are presumably crossed off Hideki Matsui's list, tweets Jon Heyman.  Another could be Ryan Langerhans being non-tendered, suggests U.S.S. Mariner's Dave Cameron.



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