SEATTLE--Earlier today, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report told the world that Ken Griffey Jr. had signed with the Atlanta Braves, instead of returning to the Seattle Mariners as has been proposed.
But, about an hour ago, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that Griffey denied the signing and has not yet made a decision regarding where he will play this year.
It's hard determining which newspaper is telling the truth, but I'm assuming the later report is the more accurate one. So, after it seemed like the Griffey saga was over and the Mariners had lost, it turns out some guy working for an Atlanta newspaper just spawned a story that would make Atlantians feel good.
The P-I goes on to report that if the Mariners fail to sign Griffey, they will probably chase after Garrett Anderson, a free agent formerly of the Los Angeles Angels, but otherwise this should be their last transaction before the 2009 season.
If the Mariners do, in fact, sign Griffey, he'll reportedly play as a DH, in spite of being in center field for the Mariners before leaving for the Chicago White Sox. This would mean that Jeff Clement would probably be sent back down to Triple-A Tacoma, although that kid has great potential.
Also happening around the Needle, the Washington Huskies will get a chance to prove that they deserve to be tops in the Pac-10 when they visit Los Angeles this week. They'll start off playing UCLA on Thursday and then visit USC on Saturday. I predict that the Huskies will split this trip, losing to UCLA but beating USC handily.