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Bonds to play for U.S. in world classic

NEW YORK -- Barry Bonds told the players' association he plans to play for the United States in next year's inaugural World Baseball Classic.

Bonds has been speaking with former Pittsburgh teammate Bobby Bonilla, who works for the union.


"I'm ecstatic," Bonilla told The Oakland Tribune. "He pretty much agreed in principle to play without hesitation. I'm just happy he's going to be a part of it."

"There are details that still need to be addressed before Barry
can play," Bonds' agent, Jeff Borris, said in an e-mail.

Bonds missed almost all of last season because of a knee injury.

"Barry's rehab will not be an issue," Borris said.

Bonds' intention was first reported Wednesday by the Oakland Tribune.

On Wednesday, Detroit Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez and Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Javier Vazquez said they will play for Puerto Rico, which already has received a commitment from new Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado.

Vazquez, who filed a trade demand, doesn't want Arizona to deal him to the Yankees, who sent him to the Diamondbacks after the 2004 season.

"I don't want to return to the Yankees because I don't like the
way they dealt with me," he said in San Juan.

Rodriguez hopes to catch for Puerto Rico but didn't rule out serving as a designated hitter or pinch hitter.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.