No sooner does UmpBumper Nick Kapur write a post lavishly praising the baseball savvy and business ingenuity of the Oakland Athletics, than word leaks out that Billy Beane has been in talks with free agent and (alleged) juicer Barry Bonds. Bonds would be coming back from elbow surgery and would be DH, instead of left field. The A’s organization is full of nothing but good words for the (alleged) perjurer:
“We’ve talked about a lot of players internally,” said A’s assistant GM David Forst, speaking on behalf of the organization as Beane dealt with a death in the family. “Barry is one of the guys out there who we’re considering. … He’s probably the best player in the game the last 15 years. I think anybody would be interested in having his bat in the lineup.”
[N]ew A’s skipper Bob Geren, hired Friday as a first-year major league manager, has thought about the possibility of working with Bonds. And A’s owner Lew Wolff has had kind words regarding Bonds’ talent.
“I have let that creep in my mind,” Geren said. “All I can say about him is he’s the greatest player I’ve ever seen in my baseball life. I couldn’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t want him on his team.”
Bonds finished the season just 21 dingers shy of tying Hank Aaron’s all-time career home run record. The (alleged) reality TV star had 26 last season.
Do we write this off as Barry’s agent just trying to get more money out of San Francisco, where Bonds has said he wants to stay, by flirting with Oakland? Or have the A’s really decided to give the most loathed man in baseball a job and become loathsome themselves?