I have a feeling FatHead only cares about getting a World Series Ring and He'll probably accept a much lower figure then he's (supposedly) worth, to play for a team that's a sure thing to get it for him.
Originally posted by CerebusI have a feeling FatHead only cares about getting a World Series Ring and He'll probably accept a much lower figure then he's (supposedly) worth, to play for a team that's a sure thing to get it for him.
The gall of FatHead. Nothing could make me respect him less than if he tried to pull a stunt like that.
The ONLY way I would slightly respect Bonds is if he actually did take a massive pay cut, agreed to keep his mouth shut and be a team player and sign with a contender like the Yankees knowing full well that a lineup with him, Jeter, Cano, A-Rod (if he comes back) and others would make it near impossible not to make the playoffs and would give him a shot for a ring. It would also show the players there that he is not there for stats or personal glory and by signing a reduced contract would not prevent them from going after another top line player.
He will play next year, but only in the American League. I can;t see any NL team ponying up the money for a broken down OF like Bonds.
That being said, the following teams will be ruled out of the "sweepstakes" if Bonds really is going to play for a ring next year:
Baltimore Toronto Tampa Bay Kansas City Seattle Texas Chicago Minnesota
That would leave:
New York Boston Cleveland Detroit Los Angeles Oakland
I doubt Cleveland takes a shot since they have Hafner and probably couldn't handle to media circus if things go south woth Bonds.
Boston is most likely a no since they have Ortiz but if they wanted to make a big noise, they could move Ortiz to 1st and play Bonds at DH. But I doubt it. Plus, what would they do with Youkillis?
Detoit has Sheffield at DH but he is not the model of health and they may want to give Bonds a try and see if he is an upgrade (which I think he is as I am not a big Sheff fan). A strong possibility.
Los Angeles is probably the team Bonds would take the biggest cut for so he could play right in his backyard. It makes the most sense as Matthews, Guerrero and Anderson could man the OF and occassionally spell Bonds at DH when needed (and it will be) and conversely, Bonds could get a couple of games in the OF. The West should be the Angles for a couple of years now, so the playoffs would be a lock. The only drawback is he is not a Mike Sciosca kind of player.
Oakland is in the same boat as LA for Bonds, but I doubt this happens as Oakland is such a hit or miss team that you can not know for sure if they are playoff contenders or will fade after the All Star game. If the later happens and they start trading for youth, Bonds will go ape and demand a trade. I can;t see Oakland as a landing point.
The Yankees would make the most sense to me as there are enough veteran players there that Bonds would not be able to steamroll anyone with his attitude and the playoffs have been a lock for so long that I can not see that ending in the next couple of years. It almost makes TOO much sense for him to be here. The only drawback would be the Yankees will be int he market for a CF and a 1B so unless they are willing to waive Giambi outright or try to entice ANYONE to take him, Bonds would really have to show a strong gesture by taking a 2 year incentive laden contract. I doubt his ego lets him do that.
1. Detoit 2. LA 3. NY
Dark Horse: Boston
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