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BWillie
07-25-2008, 12:27 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3503613

TAMPA, Fla. -- Barry Bonds in pinstripes? If nothing else, the New York Yankees talked about it.

But it remains "highly, highly, highly unlikely," according to a source, that the team would actually pursue the controversial slugger, according to ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.

High-ranking Yankees officials gathered for meetings at their spring training complex Thursday, a day off for the team before it begins an important three-game series Friday night in Boston.

Missing injured sluggers Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada, the Yankees discussed ways to improve for the stretch run as next Thursday's trade deadline approaches. After a three-hour meeting, co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner confirmed that one of the topics was the indicted home run king.

"We covered everything, including Bonds," Steinbrenner said.

Steinbrenner wouldn't say if the Yankees are interested in Bonds, but it appears unlikely the team will pursue him -- partly because it's so late in the season. The slugger, who turned 44 on Thursday, became a free agent when the San Francisco Giants did not bring him back this season.

A day before the All-Star game at Yankee Stadium last week, Bonds' agent, Jeff Borris, said the seven-time MVP had not received a single offer.

Borris previously said Bonds would be willing to play for a prorated share of the $390,000 minimum and donate his salary to buy tickets for kids.

In addition to Hank Steinbrenner, his brother, co-chairman Hal Steinbrenner, president Randy Levine, general manager Brian Cashman, special adviser Gene Michael and senior vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman were among those at the meetings.

Matsui has been on the disabled list since June 23 with a balky knee that could require season-ending surgery. Posada could also be looking at surgery for his right shoulder, after an MRI exam showed fraying in the tendons around the labrum.

Both are trying to rehab, and their progress over the next week could go a long way toward helping the club decide what moves to make before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Hank Steinbrenner declined to get into specifics about potential trades, but said "there's a couple things that might be promising."

New York already added first baseman Richie Sexson, who was released by Seattle.

The Yankees have won six straight since the All-Star break. They began Thursday 3 games behind AL East-leading Tampa Bay.

"We're playing great. That's the key thing," Hank Steinbrenner said. "Considering we're not 100 percent because of the injuries, it's pretty impressive. Where we can add, we'll look into it."

Among the players the Yankees are thought to be looking at are San Francisco catcher Bengie Molina, Colorado left-hander Brian Fuentes, Pittsburgh lefty Damaso Marte and Seattle starter Jarrod Washburn.

Molina is the brother of Yankees catcher Jose Molina, who is getting most of the playing time behind the plate following Posada's injury.

markk
07-25-2008, 12:34 PM
The Brewers passed him over to bring in Jay Gibbons, who was also a user of steroids, (although Gibbons was willing to take a minor league assignment) so it doesn't seem likely that Bonds will be back.

I have said since it happened, his being charged with two felonies in connection to the BALCO drug trafficing investigation was the end of his baseball career. He's finished.

Demonpenz
07-25-2008, 12:34 PM
get him with that short porch yikes

BWillie
07-25-2008, 01:18 PM
The Brewers passed him over to bring in Jay Gibbons, who was also a user of steroids, (although Gibbons was willing to take a minor league assignment) so it doesn't seem likely that Bonds will be back.

I have said since it happened, his being charged with two felonies in connection to the BALCO drug trafficing investigation was the end of his baseball career. He's finished.

Who gives a crap. He's not going to go to prison by the end of the season anyway, and if he did you are out of part of his pro-rated minimum salary of $400 something thousand dollars. It makes absolutely no sense why this guy isn't on a team. It doesn't make alot of sense that the Yankees want him because they already have too many DH's, but then again Matsui and Giambi have been injury prone. At the very least Bonds would hit .260 and hit you some homeruns,....and GET ON BASE. His last year he played he was still the leader in on base percentage. Makes no sense

Thig Lyfe
07-25-2008, 01:26 PM
SIGN HIM DAYTON!!!!!

BWillie
07-25-2008, 01:33 PM
SIGN HIM DAYTON!!!!!

Honestly....why not? 400 thousand dollars. As poor as the Royals are, they wipe their ass with 400 thousand dollars. It would pay for itself as well. I know I'd definitely go to a few more games to see Barry, and I don't even like that guy. As a simple business decision, it would still be beneficial and the Royals might even win a few more games.

markk
07-25-2008, 01:40 PM
Who gives a crap. He's not going to go to prison by the end of the season anyway, and if he did you are out of part of his pro-rated minimum salary of $400 something thousand dollars. It makes absolutely no sense why this guy isn't on a team.

Sure it does. He's radioactive. He's hated by almost everyone. Nobody wants him playing for their team. Nobody wants to be around him or have him as an employee because of the bed he's made for himself.

No general manager is going to go to his owner to say, "Barry Bonds is what we need". The owner can't sell that to his fan base. People don't want to see him come back. Everybody just wants him to go away.

If you are in the playoff hunt, do you want to bring a guy into the team fold who is (a) a prick to his teammates, (b) going to be an enormous distraction via media, (c) going to get booed in your home yard most likely, (d) who has FELONY CHARGES hanging over his head? No one in their right mind would upset team chemistry for 10 more home runs and a .260 hitter for 2 months. And I wouldn't hire a felon to mow my lawn.

Is that what you want to introduce into a team that is almost there, has chemistry, just needs a little more help? Of course not.

I know that people like you think you know better, but 30 out of 30 General Managers say they don't want him at any price.

DeezNutz
07-25-2008, 01:49 PM
30 out of 30 General Managers say they don't want him at any price.


WAHAHAHA /Bud Selig/

Collusion isn't even a possibility. Bonds' numbers were so pedestrian last year that there is no way that anyone would possibly want to give him a shot, even at the league minimum. Even if Bonds could play, HUGE "if", chemistry is far more important than production. :rolleyes:

markk
07-25-2008, 01:59 PM
WAHAHAHA /Bud Selig/

Collusion isn't even a possibility. Bonds' numbers were so pedestrian last year that there is no way that anyone would possibly want to give him a shot, even at the league minimum. Even if Bonds could play, HUGE "if", chemistry is far more important than production. :rolleyes:

And that's if he's ready to play, i thought i read he had been working out but he hadn't been taking batting practice at all this season.

MIAdragon
07-25-2008, 02:04 PM
His agent says he'd be ready to play in less than 2 weeks.

Demonpenz
07-25-2008, 02:08 PM
WAHAHAHA /Bud Selig/

Collusion isn't even a possibility. Bonds' numbers were so pedestrian last year that there is no way that anyone would possibly want to give him a shot, even at the league minimum. Even if Bonds could play, HUGE "if", chemistry is far more important than production. :rolleyes:


What pedestrian lead the league in OPS. 4th in slugging 1st in on base% (min 200 ab) last year? that is one ****ing awesome pedestrian

DeezNutz
07-25-2008, 02:12 PM
What pedestrian lead the league in OPS. 4th in slugging 1st in on base% (min 200 ab) last year? that is one ****ing awesome pedestrian

Check your sarcasm meter. Was my smiley use not effective?

Demonpenz
07-25-2008, 02:25 PM
No that smiley face looks like you are rolling your eyes. like give me a ****ing break on the FIRST post. Go to smiley face school ****

DeezNutz
07-25-2008, 02:34 PM
No that smiley face looks like you are rolling your eyes. like give me a ****ing break on the FIRST post. Go to smiley face school ****

Look ****er not everyone has the grades to get into this place. So I went to State for my smiley education? The girls there were 1/2 as smart, thus twice as likely to fellat me.

Demonpenz
07-25-2008, 03:06 PM
ahhh I gotcha now. I sent the kids to smiley tech last fall. they loved it. they have a whole course on laugh ass off vrs rolling on floor laughter