The gut reaction is that the story making the rounds today that the Blue Jays briefly discussed trying to sign Barry Bonds is part of a larger fiction.
Paul Godfrey was on Toronto radio (AM680) today and related that they had talks that "lasted about five minutes" about signing Bonds. It doesn't pass the sniff test. Chalk it up to the feeling that major-league baseball would not mind having some plausible deniability with regard to the Bonds issue. The weeks will become months. Bonds will stay unsigned and people will cry conspiracy, but good luck proving it when there's a cache of news stories the Tampa Bay Rays or Toronto Blue Jays gave him some consideration.
Bonds is a headache times a thousand, but he averaged a home run every 12.1 at-bats last season while having to drag his tired old body out to left field. He slugged .565, led the National League in on-base percentage and he's still one of the 30 best hitters in the game. He could still play, but, as you know, he has more baggage than Mila Mulroney.
The opinion here about his perjury case remains the same: "Thirty years? He won't serve a day."
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