|Bonds wants to play somewhere in 2008|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 06 December 2007 18:27|
``There should be no legal conflicts that prevent Barry from being available during the 2008 championship season,'' agent Jeff Borris said Thursday night.
Borris spoke shortly after returning to California from baseball's winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn. He said he spoke formally to 24 teams at the session and, while he would not detail specific negotiations, ``Barry's name was brought up.''
Bonds was expected to plead not guilty Friday to four counts of perjury and one of obstruction of justice. He was charged Nov. 15 with lying to a grand jury about his steroids use.
U.S. District Judge Susan Illston is expected to set a future court date.
Bonds became a free agent after making $19.3 million this year with San Francisco. The Giants told the seven-time NL MVP they did not want him back next season.
At 43, Bonds hit 28 home runs to raise his career total to 762. He led the majors with a .480 on-base percentage.
``Barry is the best judge of his own abilities,'' Borris said. ``If Barry was unproductive or his skills had diminished, he would take off the uniform if that time had come.''
Bonds needs 65 hits to reach 3,000 in his career and four RBIs to reach 2,000. He has done most everything in baseball except put on a World Series ring.
``Barry plans on doing that one day,'' Borris said.
Bonds' intentions were first reported by MLB.com.
Bonds' path toward breaking Hank Aaron's home run record was clouded for years by allegations of steroids use. He has always denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs.
Earlier Thursday, Kansas City's Jose Guillen and Baltimore's Jay Gibbons were suspended for the first 15 days of next season for violating baseball's drug policy. The penalties show the sport might treat players named in the report by former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell.
``I don't know what the effects of the Mitchell report will be on players,'' Borris said.