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Five teams have shown interest in future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., his longtime agent Brian Goldberg said. According to Goldberg, three American League teams and two NL teams have expressed some level of interest. The Mariners and Rays are known to be two of the AL teams eyeing Griffey, who'd like to play at least one more season.
Another friend of Griffey's said last year that the all-time great would love to play for Tampa Bay, which is less than two hours from his Orlando home. Griffey always has been a dedicated family man, so the convenience would appeal to him. The Rays are looking for one or two hitters, and while Griffey's on their list, a couple other younger players, such as Bobby Abreu, Pat Burrell, and perhaps Jason Giambi or Garrett Anderson may be higher on it. Adam Dunn is another big hitter in a free-agent market still stacked with sluggers.
Seattle would be a nostalgic destination for Griffey. While the Mariners are rebuilding, the Mariners could view Griffey as an aid to their young players, and a draw for fans.
Griffey's performance was compromised last season due to a knee injury he hid for most of the year. Griffey had his left knee drained three times, according to Goldberg, and it was finally repaired surgically three days after the season. He hit only three home runs in 41 games after going to the White Sox, but his power may have been affected by his knee issue.
Griffey suffered the injury early in the season with the Reds when he tripped over a misplaced foot locker in the Reds' clubhouse.