Two sure-fire Hall of Famers signed this week, both with their original teams.
Ken Griffey, Jr. (Do we even need to say “Jr.”? His dad retired almost 20 years ago, so I doubt he’ll try a comeback) signed a 1-year deal with the Seattle Mariners. He led the Braves on for a while before the Mariners upped their bid for Griff’s return to the Emerald City. He will play some left field and see some action at DH. Griffey will see most of his at bats against righties, but will face an occasional lefty this season. I’ve got him projected at .259/19/68. His average will suffer a little if he faces too many lefties.
Tom Glavine returned to the Braves last season, but his injury-plagued 2008 season was so dismal that most Braves fans would like to consider 2009 as his return to Atlanta. Assuming Glavine is healthy from his elbow and shoulder surgeries, he could be a very productive #5 starter. I’m projecting him at 6-6/4.58/1.48 in only 112 IP because I don’t have faith that his arm will hold up. Don’t be surprised to see Tommy Hanson in this slot by Memorial Day.
Orlando Hudson found a new home at Chavez Ravine. The Dodgers and Hudson are a good match and he should fit in well. Hudson is better known for his defense than his offense, but a .286/12/64 line is within reason.
Joe Crede found a taker for his services in Minnesota. The Twins’ new 3B isn’t likely to repeat his April of last season (7HR and 22RBi), but a .256/21/72 for the season is likely.