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LINKAGE: Post Griffey signing, A-Rod fallout and former M's stories

Some of you may not have heard - perhaps if you were in a cave in Siberia for the last 24 hours - but Ken Griffey Jr. has returned to Seattle, signing a one-year contract.

Lots of links on the development so let's get to them.

Here's Larry's story, which ran on the front page of our paper.

Columnist Dave Boling offers his thoughts on a season that just got more interesting.

News Tribune multimedia guru Joe Barrentine has put together this slideshow. Griffey looks so young in those photos. But then again weren't we all back then.

The Associated Press' Gregg Bell had this story on Griffey's return.'s Jim Street filed this story.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick also has a story. There's also video in this with Crasnick commenting. (I will say I find that the automatic video that starts playing on most ESPN stories is annoying).

Let's head down south to Atlanta where the news surrounding the deal wasn't quite as enthusiastic.

Atlanta Journal Constitution writer Dave O'Brien filed this early story saying the deal was done. Then he had to write this story for the paper when Griffey decided to sign with Seattle.

This whole development didn't make O'Brien to popular with some Braves fans. This blog, Talking Chop, isn't big fans of his.

And even on O'Brien's AJC blog, there was plenty of commenting - both positive and negative - so much so they had server issues. If only the Braves got this type of enthusiasm from its fans based on attendance.

But instead of politicking or getting upset, O'Brien came out and wrote about the whole situation.'s Mark Bowman filed his story about the signing. And the AP had this story.

AUDIO: KJR has a slew of audio clips, including Chuck Armstrong talking about the situation.

Before we get to A-Rod stuff (which I'm putting at the bottom), let's check up on some former Mariners ...

Raul Ibanez arrived in Clearwater, Fla. for Phillies spring training.

The New York Daily News' Bill Madden catches up with J.J. Putz to talk about his role on the Mets.

R.A. Dickey shares his story with the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Brad Wilkerson, who was only Mariner for less than a half of a season, is still kicking around, signing a one-year deal with the Red Sox, who will be without Mark Kotsay for a while.

Miguel Cairo is still around too. He signed a minor league deal with the PHillies.

AP Photo

We'll wrap up the former M's segment with the saga of Joel Pineiro, who is unhappy and pulling out of the WBC because he was told that he wouldn't be in the starting rotation.

The St. Louis columnists had fun with this. Jeff Gordon told Pineiro to stop pouting and pitch. While Bernie Miklasz tells Joel to worry about pitching for the Cardinals.

Here's some links on some Washington players

Bellarmine grad Jon Lester wants to do more this season.

Grady Sizemore is ready for big things this season.

Centralia's Lyle Overbay hopes to have an injury free season.

Elsewhere around baseball ...

Here's an interesting story on a Nationals prospect who is not only a few years older than they thought but actually has a different name.

Nats president Stan Kasten wasn't too thrilled about the news.

The Cubs are hoping Kosuke Fukudome will come back stronger this season - they won't know for a while since he's playing in the WBC.

The Phillies and Mets are having some trash talking in the press.

Kendry Morales will have unenviable task of trying to replace Mark Teixeira.

Red Sox owner John Henry wants a salary cap for baseball. At what? $175 million?

I didn't want to do it, but here's some A-Rod links.

MLB investigators want to meet with him.

The identity of A-Rod's cousin has been made public.

Of course, Derek Jeter had to endure a session with the press to talk about A-Rod.

Here's a column ripping A-Rod and another.

Raul Ibanez wonders why A-Rod would do it?.

Jamie Moyer wasn't quite as kind to A-rod.