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Seattle signed Griffey to a $2 million, one-year contract with a possible $3 million in bonuses based on plate appearances and attendance. The team is banking that Griffey can return to his 2007 form with Cincinnati when he hit 30 home runs and had 93 RBIs, as well as drive up ticket sales at Safeco Field.
The Mariners lost 101 games and drew only 2.3 million fans in 2008, the worst-attended home schedule since 1999 when Griffey last played in Seattle before being traded to the Reds.
Notes: RHP Josh Fields, the Mariners' first pick in the 2008 draft, faced hitters for the first time this spring in a brief workout that went well. Fields threw nearly 30 pitches while Wakamatsu and other Seattle coaches looked on. "He threw hard and looked aggressive," Wakamatsu said. "Exactly what we thought we'd see at this point." ... OF Freddy Guzman underwent surgery on the hamate bone in his right hand and could resume playing in three to four weeks, according to Wakamatsu. ... LHP Tyler Johnson went home sick.
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