SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Even if Barry Bonds shows up on time to
spring training Monday, he likely won't practice with the team
until he signs his contract.
If Bonds signs his deal, he would fill that open spot.
Yet Bonds' $15.8 million, one-year contract is unresolved
because of contract language. Technically, he's still a free agent
and not under the Giants' control.
The 42-year-old Bonds has been working out all offseason at UCLA
and appears as healthy as ever, according to the Giants, Bonds'
trainer and his agent. He had arthroscopic surgery on his
troublesome left elbow after the 2006 season.
After missing all but 14 games in 2005 following three
operations on his right knee, Bonds batted .270 with 26 homers and
77 RBIs and drew 115 walks in 130 games last year.
The seven-time NL MVP begins his 22nd major league season 22
homers shy of breaking Hank Aaron's career record of 755.
The Giants and Bonds' representative, Jeff Borris, have
differing views of certain language in his contract and Bonds has
yet to sign a revised version.
They originally agreed to terms Dec. 7 on the final day of
baseball's winter meetings, then the team announced the deal Jan.
29 and Bonds did an interview via conference call.
At issue are specifics about what would happen if the slugger
were to be indicted or face further legal trouble, as well as
details about a personal-appearance provision that was rejected by
the commissioner's office.
The Giants sent revised documents to Borris, but Bonds has yet
to sign them.
A federal grand jury is investigating whether Bonds perjured
himself when he testified in 2003 in the Bay Area Laboratory
Co-Operative steroid distribution case that he hadn't knowingly
taken any performance-enhancing drugs.
Bonds long has denied knowingly using steroids.