MLB Trade Rumor: Barry Bonds
Here at The Roto Authority, we're the kings of unsubstantiated rumors. It's just more fun that way!
Nonetheless, there may be something to the Barry Bonds trade rumor I slipped into yesterday's Brian Giles article.
Just so you know I didn't completely pull this out of my arse, here's my source over at The Sacramento Bee. Said Giants managing general partner Peter Magowan:
"We would explore trading Barry only if he came to us and said that's what he wanted to do. I don't want to be misrepresented on this. We are not looking to trade Barry Bonds. I think Barry could still hit when he's 50. I'm confident he'll be back next year, and I don't think he'd ask for a trade. But we would listen if he came to us and felt being a DH would prolong his career."
The article goes on to quote Bonds from spring training 2004 when he somewhat pondered life as a DH. You'd have to expect 150 games from Bonds if he were a full-time designated hitter.
We've speculated on Bonds's future in the AL before, discussing a possible White Sox deal. Regardless, we've got Bonds pegged for a .350-50-110 line in 2006 and we're sticking to it.