Yankees haven't ruled out Bonds
New Yankees Boss
While it is said that "nobody ruled (Bonds) out completely'' after the lengthy debate of the pros and cons of Bonds on Thursday, Yankees people still call a Bonds signing "unlikely'' or even "highly unlikely.''
While one person close to the new' Yankees leader claimed, "Hank wants to do it,'' top Yankees officials say that no vote was taken at Thursday's trade meeting, and that no one lined up firmly in one camp or the other.
Instead, the decision was made on Thursday to table the talk until after the July 31 trade deadline while the team pursues other offensive options.
Hank Steinbrenner is said to have taken a major part or even the lead in discussions among club higherups about Bonds on Thursday, laying out the ramifications of a Bonds singing in terms of the clubhouse, the potential circus, the perception of a signing and branding aspects, all important issues to baseball's most storied franchise.
Cashman and some other Yankees decisionmakers are believed not to favor Bonds for numerous reasons, from his age to his time off to the possible circus to the federal investigation hanging over Bonds' head (an issue that appears will not be resolved until next year, at the earliest).
In addition to the two Steinbrenners and Cashman, club president
Even if Hank ultimately decides he wouldn't mind taking the plunge, he may defer to other top Yankees decisionmakers. It is believed general manager
Hank Steinbrenner has in many ways become the public voice of the organization, but he hasn't seemed inclined to over-rule his younger brother. Hank is said by friends to be more the risktaker that his father,
"I think Barry would be a perfect fit for them," said
Borris said that Bonds would take only "a week to ten days'' of facing live pitching to get into playing shape.
Bonds has yet to receive an offer from any team after the Giants decided not to re-sign him following the 2007 season in which be broke
The Yankees have looked at Pirates outfielders