MLB Rumor Wire: Ken Griffey Jr. Checked out by the Seattle Mariners

Andrew KneelandSenior Writer IMay 13, 2008

Nearing the quarter turn in this MLB season, the rumors are still coming in strong. Here are the latest:


Ken Griffey Jr. 

How serious were those denials from the Seattle organization regarding Ken Griffey Jr.? It appears not very serious at all. A special assistant to the executive vice president for the Seattle Mariners was in attendance at the Red's game Sunday, May 11 at Shea Stadium.

Late last week and early this week, the Mariners "categorically denied" any pending Griffey trade. Their presence at Shea Stadium not only discredits those denials, but creates a whole new firestorm of rumors.

I, for one, do not think Seattle should have anything to do with Griffey until he becomes a free agent in 2009 (assuming that Cincinnati does not use their club option on him).

Seattle would have to rip apart their farm system and throw in a veteran or two for the aging outfielder. The Mariners are not exactly where they want to be right now, and they need all the help and inter-competition they can get.


Jim Edmonds

Edmonds will likely clean waivers Wednesday after being released by the San Diego Padres recently. 

Chicago Cubs GM Jim Hendry has been rumored to like Edmonds, but has not made an official comment about him yet.

Edmonds would certainly fit right in with Chicago.

The Cubs need a left-handed batter soon, preferably one who won't require much pay. Edmonds will only make the league minimum this year, but only hit .178 in 90 at-bats while with the Padres in 2008.


Philadelphia Phillies 

GM Pat Gillick has made it a point not to discuss contracts during the baseball season. He may make an exception for two special players, however.

Brad Lidge and Pat Burrell are having "above-average seasons", according to Gillick. He has not yet confronted either about an extension, but appears very interested:

"They probably would be somebody we would have to consider retaining."