Barry Bonds is set to return to the bay for a 1 year 16 million dollar contract. It’s not too surprising that Bonds returns to the Giants since reception for his services seemed to be lukewarm at best despite his agents claims of a ‘mystery team offering a 2 year deal’. After failed attempts to land Soriano, Lee, and maybe Manny, Bonds was almost a lock to return to San Fran. The Giants desperately needed a power bat in the lineup and Bonds can still fill that role quite nicely. Heres what I like about the deal and what I don’t like
The deal is for only one year. If age finally catches up to Bonds and he can’t produce anymore it’s not that big of a deal as his contract will be off the books for the next season
- Bonds is still a very valuable offensive player. Even though Barry struggled before the All Star break he still got on base at a amazing clip. Post All Star break his numbers looked pretty good (.292/.430/.596 1.026 OPS)
- Fans will come out to the ballpark to see Bonds. When Bonds is playing AT&T sells out.
So much for getting younger huh? Bringing back Bonds further delays any rebuilding period for the Giants but the Giants weren’t exactly headed in the youth direction anyways before the Bonds signing. Maybe next year.
- Can you say ‘media frenzy’? If and when Bonds closes in on Aaron’s record things are going to be nuts. The media will have a field day with steroids and the homerun record. I can already feel it coming and its one of those topics that the sports media just can’t get enough of.
- Somewhat connected to the point above, how much of a distraction will the media circus be on the team overall? After 2006 their were rumors from within the Giants clubhouse that Bonds constant draw of media attention was bugging teammates.
I am glad the Giants brought back Bonds because they needed the bat but 2007 is going to be very annoying for the Giants fan. The talking heads on ESPN, Pedro Gomez I am looking in your direction, are going to beat this horse to death. As long as ‘Bonds on Bonds’ isn’t resurrected I’ll be fine.