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    Bonds gets offer, from minor-league team

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    WASHINGTON, Pa. - Barry Bonds has a public offer on the free-agent market — from the independent Washington Wild Things, who play not far from where Bonds began his major league career in Pittsburgh.

    Of course, a pay cut is involved.

    Bonds, who made about $16 million last season for the Giants, would have to settle for the independent Frontier League’s maximum salary of $1,200 per month.

    There are extras, though: The Wild Things are offering a 50-50 share on merchandise sales and a pledge to find a host family for Bonds so he doesn’t have to rent an apartment in this southwestern Pennsylvania city.

    On the road, Bonds would get a king-sized single room, a major perk on the minor league level.

    “Many of the great ones eventually return to where their careers began,” general manager Ross Vecchio said Tuesday. “Babe Ruth began his career with the Red Sox and then finished it with the Boston Braves. Willie Mays started with the New York Giants and finished with the Mets. Hank Aaron began and ended his career in Milwaukee.”

    Bonds can make more money by reaching incentives for breaking the Frontier League’s single-season records for home runs (35), RBIs (100) and walks (85).

    Washington offers Bonds a route back to the majors, Vecchio said, with 17 former Wild Things players moving on to affiliated minor league teams since the franchise began play in 2002.

    “This contract gives Barry the opportunity to play once again in western Pennsylvania as he continues his career,” Vecchio said.

    The Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens recently sent Alex Rodriguez a contract offer that included incentives if he hits 75 home runs for them next season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
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    he should take it. Colud be the best offer he gets.
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    That might be the only offer he gets. Wouldn't that be a hoot!
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    I like these minor league clubs taking the opportunity for some publicity. It highlights the fun element of their product and the press can't hurt.

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    Re: Bonds gets offer, from minor-league team

    Nice.
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    Re: Bonds gets offer, from minor-league team

    I could almost see him taking it just as a way of thumbing his nose at the establishment.
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    Re: Bonds gets offer, from minor-league team

    If it was 1932 he would be barnstorming with the House of David.

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    Re: Bonds gets offer, from minor-league team

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    If it was 1932 he would be barnstorming with the House of David.
    Wouldn't the 'roids affect the growth of his facial hair?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrCinatit View Post
    Wouldn't the 'roids affect the growth of his facial hair?
    By the early 30's the HOD no longer sported facial hair across thye board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redsmetz View Post
    I like these minor league clubs taking the opportunity for some publicity. It highlights the fun element of their product and the press can't hurt.
    As crazy as it sounds I wouldn't mind seeing the Reds get in on some of these A-Rod/Bonds discussions. I'm not saying the Reds should sign either guy (no way to Bonds) but it would at least show that management at least appears to willing to sign a big free agent.

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    Re: Bonds gets offer, from minor-league team

    Quote Originally Posted by harangatang View Post
    As crazy as it sounds I wouldn't mind seeing the Reds get in on some of these A-Rod/Bonds discussions. I'm not saying the Reds should sign either guy (no way to Bonds) but it would at least show that management at least appears to willing to sign a big free agent.
    I'd be afraid Bonds would sign
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    Re: Bonds gets offer, from minor-league team

    Move Griffey back to CF.

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    Now THAT would be an OF defense.
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by WilyMoROCKS View Post
    Move Griffey back to CF.

    Dunn - Griffey - Bonds

    Now THAT would be an OF defense.
    Sign Sosa for RF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaiGuy View Post
    Sign Sosa for RF.

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    Move Dunner to 1B.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
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