ESPN.com is reporting the Atlanta Braves want Ken Griffey Jr. on their team and are in full pursuit of him.
Griffey has made it clear over the years he would love to be closer to home, which is in Orlando, FL. Being in Atlanta would do that for him.
So you have to wonder why he has not made up his mind yet about where he would like to go: Seattle or Atlanta.
I do not understand why a National League team would want to pick him up anyway. It is no secret he cannot field anymore. He’s better off in the American League as a DH.
Here’s a couple of reasons:
- ESPN did point out that he was great against NL East teams hitting .316 against the Marlins, Mets, and Phillies just last year.
- Last year, because he had knee problems, he could not put his full weight on his knee so that he could hit with power. He had torn cartilae and a torn meniscus. It’s been repaired.
- Griffey’s doctor thinks he is in the best shape he has been in since early in his career.
Should these be reasons to worry? I wouldn’t. No matter what, he is 39 years old and has already started to crumble. Every doctor or player is going to claim they are “in the best shape of [their] career”.
I’m not going to put much stock into this move being a threat to the Mets.