LONG BEACH— Ken Griffey Jr has decided to join the Seattle team.
This off-season has been miserable for the Atlanta Braves. First the much discussed Jake Peavy talks. Those led to nothing. Then the much discussed Furcal deal which, well, was a mess when it ended. Then A.J. Burnett used the Braves to get a lucrative deal from New York. Now the old man, formerly The Kid, has spurned the Braves to go to a loosing team.
Baseball is good with symmetry. This latest debacle caps off the Braves off-season perfectly.
As to the impact Griffey would have had on the team, who’s to say? There is reason to believe he’d be a good addition. But he came with a load of if’s. After 2008, the season of the crutch, I’m not terribly eager to bring in another potential liability.
It would appear the team is going to fall back on the kids. There are other options out there. But these other options are not that promising.
Jim Edmonds: Spent the majority of last season hitting .255 or less.
Garret Anderson: Solid, but unimpressive and certainly not a “four” hitter. Or a “big bat” for that matter.
And then the list really drops off. Unless a trade occurs. But most of the speculation on the trade front has been focused on Nick Swisher. I’m not a fan of this kid either. He’s the prototypical Moneyball player. Solid On Base percentage, good slugging, terrible average and highly inconsistent.
But, Spring is here. The team will be on the diamond in a matter of a month. The games are just around the corner. And for that, I couldn’t be happier.