Monday, November 03, 2008

Do we want Junior?

This town needs the boost. No NBA, Seahawks look like the Seachickens and the Mariners were the first team with over $100 million in payroll to lose 100 or more games. Yes, Seattle could use the morale boost.

What do you get 10 years later? We won't be receiving the wall-jamming, outfielder of years gone. We will receive a left-handed DH. So, let's compare Griffey to the switch hitting Vidro.

RHP

AB

H

RBI

HR

AVG

Vidro

226

53

33

6

0.235

Griffey

327

89

48

14

0.272







LHP

AB

H

RBI

HR

AVG

Vidro

82

19

12

1

0.232

Griffey

163

33

23

4

0.202


So, Vidro remains consistently bad, while Griffey does have a good decline against LHP. For the season, Griffey is right around a .250 (.249) average. Not great for a career .280 hitter, but not horrible. Vidro is a career .300 hitter and just completed his worst offensive year in his career.

Looking that these numbers, and based upon the assumption you cannot do any worse, bring back the old man for a swan song in a Mariner uniform. However, I am only agreeing to this if he is willing to lower his price tag. I believe Griffey is looking for those salary numbers based upon his late 90's and early 00's performance. That Griffey is no longer around, he will need to adjust his demands.

I doubt that Griffey fits into the plan that J-Z has for this team. Currently, it does make for an ineteresting off-season discussion.

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