The Seattle Mariners recently announced that they will be signing back past Mariners legend Ken Griffey Jr. to a one-year $2 million dollar deal plus incentives. Seattle fans are anxious to see Griffey back in a Mariners uniform, as he is one of the most talented players to ever be apart of the franchise. He is the Mariners career leader in home runs (398), slugging percentage (.569), and is second to Edgar Martinez for total games played. He is currently in fifth on baseball’s career home run list with 611.
The 2009 Mariners will plan to keep the DH position open for Jr. If he is able to stay healthy left field will also serve as an option. Griffey first came into the league as a Mariner in 1989 and eventually was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 2000. After agreeing to a contract with the Chicago White Sox in 2008 he is already back on the move but this time to where his career started. He has struggled with injuries lately and is just healing from an arthroscopic knee surgery following the 2008 season.
Griffey is thrilled to be back in Seattle and has always stated that he would like to finish his career as a Mariner. If he can stay injury free the recent acquisition will show as very promising for the Mariners.
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