Barry Bonds
55-Year-Old OutfielderOF
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There was no outlook written for Barry Bonds in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, $15.8 million contract with the Giants in February 2007.
OFFree Agent  
Hip
March 4, 2009
With his federal perjury trial delayed until at least July, Bonds plans to contact all 30 major league teams in an effort to play this season. "I'm still not optimistic," Bonds' agent, Jeff Borris, told the Associated Press.
ANALYSIS
Even at age 44, Bonds could help an AL team with his ability to get on base, but he's become too controversial (and probably expensive) for any team to sign him. It's a long shot he'll ever play again at this point, but it's worth noting that he remains willing to sign a contract.
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Even at age 43, Bonds proved he can still hit last year, finishing with an NL-leading 1.045 OPS. Despite playing in just 126 games, he led all of baseball by a wide margin with 132 walks. While his bat is still lethal, Bonds' body requires frequent days off and he's often replaced defensively late in games. However, he was indicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice in November, which leaves his future playing status highly in doubt. He still wants to play in 2008 and says his legal issues won't be a problem, but it's unclear if any team views him as worth the risk. He makes the most sense as a DH at this stage of his career, but there's a good chance he's finished with baseball.
Bonds found very little interest for his services over the winter and predictably re-signed with San Francisco for one more year. He finished last season with his lowest OPS since 1991 but seemed to get healthier as the year wore on. Over the last two months of the season, he returned to hitting like one of the very best players in the game, with a 1.080 OPS. After offseason surgery to remove troublesome bone chips from his elbow and also one more year removed from knee surgery, it's possible Bonds will be a force next year. Just realize he's only likely to play 120-140 games, and the lineup around him is pretty weak.
His value may take a hit as he plays a bit less and exits games, especially for pinch-runners, more often. That costs you runs, and his HR and RBI are already limited by all the walks. A better sim player than straight fantasy at this point, but if healthy he's still one of the top outfielders.
With the maelstrom of negative publicity Bonds can expect to follow him in the wake of the BALCO steroids scandal, his usual focus on the game could be elusive. He will be under continual scrutiny by the baseball world, but negative attention is something Bonds has never run from. It remains to be seen what commissioner Bud Selig will do about the revelations implicating Bonds, but he is a safe bet to hammer the ball as usual, and will likely return as one of the most feared hitters, and valued fantasy commodities, in baseball.
The many walks Bonds draws hurt fantasy leaguers in two ways: his batting average doesn't make the same impact as you'd hope, and he never gets to hit in RBI situations. In other words, he's more valuable in real baseball than in fantasy. Nevertheless, he's a first-round pick who can be relied upon for a .300 average, 40 home runs and 90 RBI.
The most feared hitter of his generation, and among the greatest of all time. He's racked up 6.4 miles - that's right, miles - in walks to first base over the last two seasons. That said, his numbers in 2003 won't be as good as they were in 2002, and it's only a question of whether they drop a little or a lot. Bonds will turn 39 in July, and the clock is ticking; McGwire was already gone by that age, and Mays' last good year (1971) was age 40, as was Aaron's (1974). Also, Jeff Kent won't be back, which means that Giants are unlikely to be as productive around Bonds in 2003 as they were in 2002; if Bonds walked 198 times with Kent just before or just after him, he's bound to crack the 200 mark in 2003 without Kent.
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Hip
January 1, 2009
Bonds recently underwent hip surgery, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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OFFree Agent  
August 17, 2008
According to Bonds' agent, the Rays have no interest in his client, the St. Petersburg Times reports.
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August 11, 2008
Even though they just lost Carlos Lee for most if not the rest of the season, the Astros will not pursue signing Bonds, the Houston Chronicle reports.
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OFFree Agent  
July 24, 2008
Yankees Co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner says he'll bring up the idea of adding Bonds to the Yankees with GM Brian Cashman this week, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "I'll mention it. We'll cover everything," Steinbrenner said. "No stone will be left unturned."
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Barry Bonds: Unlikely to Return
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July 14, 2008
Bonds' agent said that "prospects look bleak" for a return from the slugger, the Associated Press reports.
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