That Ken Griffey Jr.-to-Seattle reunion isn't a foregone conclusion just yet.
Two baseball sources told ESPN.com on Saturday that the Atlanta Braves are making a late play for Griffey and have begun discussing money with his agent.
If the Braves don't sign Griffey, they could turn to veteran Garret Anderson as a fallback. But sources said that Griffey is Atlanta's prime target, and the Braves are "in the mix'' for his services.
The interest is apparently mutual. Griffey lives in Orlando, Fla., where Atlanta's spring training site is located, and has a good relationship with Braves manager Bobby Cox.
Griffey would also be willing to split time with Matt Diaz in left field for the Braves, sources said.
Griffey is playing in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament in California this weekend. After playing a round Thursday, he told reporters that media reports of his imminent return to Seattle were nothing more than "rumors.''
His agent, Brian Goldberg, didn't return calls seeking comment Saturday. Braves general manager Frank Wren declined comment in an e-mail.
Although the Mariners stepped up the pace in negotiations with Griffey this week, baseball sources said the Griffey-to-Seattle reunion has never been quite the lock that some media outlets have portrayed it to be.
Even if the Mariners were to find common ground with Griffey financially, it's believed that new general manager Jack Zduriencik and manager Don Wakamatsu would have to be comfortable with the arrangement before the team brought Griffey on board. Griffey is also 39 years old and coming off knee surgery, so a physical exam is more than a mere formality.