After many disagreements and one attempt at getting the contract accepted by Major League Baseball (MLB), the San Francisco Giants finally signed Barry Bonds. The two sides agreed on a one-year contract that will pay Bonds $15.8 million. Both sides knew that they wanted to be together almost two months ago. It took them a few months in order to wrangle through all the contract language.
General Manager Brian Sabean let the media know that Barry Bonds will be reporting Monday to spring training. Neither side expected the commissioner’s office to reject their first contract proposal. The rejection ended up opening up contract negotiations between the sides once again. There rumors circulating that the team may rescind their offer to Barry Bonds. They decided that the possibility of Bonds breaking the MLB home run record this season was worth bringing him back after all.
Barry Bonds will be 42 years-old this year. He played most of last season battling severe knee problems. Bonds started to come on strong last season and states that his knee is healthy once again. Many are interested in seeing how Bonds will perform while chasing the record this season. He is still be constantly accused and practically told that he took illegal performance enhancing drugs. Bonds still denies these allegations and continues to try to rebuild his shattered image. Even if he breaks the home run record this year, there will be much debate on whether he should ever make the Hall of Fame.
At issue with the contract negotiations was language regarding what would happen if Bonds is indicted for lying to a grand jury. There was also language in the contract about what the team would be allowed to do if Bonds faces any other legal problems. One of the main reasons the original contract was rejected was due to language that asked for a personal-appearance provision. The sides had to delete that provision from the new contract to get it accepted by the league’s commissioner office.
The San Francisco Giants and Barry Bonds hope that the season goes by with no issues. They would like to see Bonds stay healthy enough to surpass the 130 games that he played last year. The media attention that Bonds chase of the home run title will enable the Giants to receive major media attention. They hope that the attention will help the team play better than it did last season.
MSNBC.com. “Bonds finally signs, will report Monday.” [Online] 15 February 2007.