For me, production is more important than his possible personality flaws. The Mariners have a team full of nice, bland players and haven't done anything with them (Dan Wilson, John Olerud, Willie Bloomquist--have there ever been a more boring bunch of guys?). If Griffey could hit 40+ homers and be healthy for a full season, he can whine all he wants. The problem is, I don't see him doing that since he hasn't played a full season in 3 years. I think he'd be a significant downgrade defensively from Cameron and his ego is too big to accept a move to left or right field. The best chance of him staying healthy would be at DH, which he would also likely take as an insult, plus Edgar hasn't retired yet.
If I was confident he could hit like he did during his last season in Seattle (.285/.384/.576, 123 r, 48 hr, 134 rbi, 24 sb), I'd take him back in a heartbeat and let him play wherever he wants and complain about anything he wants to complain about.
Roger Angell: I was talking with Bob Gibson and I said: 'Are you always this competitive?' He said: 'Oh, I think so. I got a three-year old daughter, and I've played about 500 games of tic-tac-toe with her and she hasn't beat me yet.'