The Associated Press reports free-agent outfielder Barry Bonds (Giants) will have the federal perjury case against him delayed for three months while federal prosecutors draft a new indictment against him. Bonds' trial is not expected to begin until 2009.
For Bonds, this could mean the difference between a forced "early retirement" and the opportunity to play for another season (or more). Since Bonds will only need to make a few (if any) court appearances over the course of this season, teams are more likely to sign the reigning all-time home run champ.
American League teams are more likely to pursue Bonds because they could put him in a designated hitter role to prevent him from becoming a liability on defense. This move would be preferable to Bonds as well, as it would reduce his risk of injury. However, any team that signs Bonds might ask him to spend some time in extended spring training to regain his physical fitness.
Bonds still has value in mixed league formats if he is picked up by a team. Bonds hit 28 home runs last season, and his .480 on-base percentage led all qualifying major leaguers. He might be worth consideration near the end of a mixed league draft if you have the room to stash him until he finds a home.
About Andrew Stewart
Andrew Stewart has been a Hot off the Wire Analyst for KFFL since 2007.
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