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Seattle Coup: Griffey returning to Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Ken Griffey Jr. has decided to return to
the Seattle Mariners.

The 39-year-old star's contract is for one year and believed to
be worth $2 million in base salary, plus incentives.

Atlanta appeared to be Griffey's choice this week for the same
reason the former Mariners star left Seattle in 2000: geography.
The Braves' spring training camp is about a 20-minute drive from
the Griffey family home in Orlando, Fla., and Atlanta is about one
hour away by plane.

But after conflicting reports about where the aging star would
settle, Griffey ultimately chose to follow through on his
proclamation two years ago when he came to Seattle while playing
with the Cincinnati Reds ... that he wanted to finish his career in
a Mariners uniform.

New general manager Jack Zduriencik said the Mariners were the
beneficiaries of Griffey wanting to cement his legacy in Seattle.

The Mariners have a job as designated hitter and perhaps in left
field waiting for him for 2009.

Griffey is fifth on baseball's career home run list with 611.
      
Mariners bring 6th catcher to major league camp
      
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - The Seattle Mariners yesterday invited
Israel Nunez to their major league camp, bringing the number of
catchers to camp to six. Nunez is the fourth invited catcher.

Catcher Kenji Johjima is training for the World Baseball Classic
in Tokyo with Team Japan.

The roster moves leaves the Mariners with 62 players in their
big league camp.

The 23-year-old Nunez appeared in 59 games at Class A Wisconsin
last season, hitting .224 with one home run.
            
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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