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Seattle Mariners: The Kid Is Back for Another

SEATTLE - AUGUST 16:  Ken Griffey Jr. #24 of the Seattle Mariners bats during the MLB game against the New York Yankees on August 16, 2009 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners defeated the Yankees 10-3. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Frankie RioloContributor INovember 12, 2009

Word coming out of the continental northwest today is that Ken Griffey Jr. will return to play for the Seattle Mariners in 2010. It could be the final year of his Hall of Fame career.

The one-year contract is estimated to be worth around $2 million, similar to the contract Griffey signed last year during the first season of his second go-round with the Mariners.

The Home Run Kid may now be a shell of his old self, hitting just .214 with 19 round-trippers and 57 driven in last season. However, his playing for the team is just as important to getting people into Safeco Field, as it is to helping his team win.

Griffey is now fifth place on the all-time home run list with 630 long balls for his career. To watch the man is to watch one of the games last true legends.

I believe that despite his steady decline in production over the past few seasons, this was a good move for both Griffey and the Seattle Mariners.

In other news: Catcher Jason Varitek has opted to stay with the Boston Red Sox for another year, picking up his $3 million player option today.

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