Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Bonds In Pinstripes

There was a mention on one of the XM Radio shows yesterday, I forget which one, and they mentioned a rumor that the SF Giants may be interested in trading Barry Bonds. The Giants are floundering at the bottom of the NL West and Bonds isn't really doing anything to help the Giants win. He's old and he's no exactly cut out to be an everyday left fielder. The Giants have quite a bit to gain by unloading Barry. The only real reason I can see for holding onto him would be so he could break Hammerin' Hank's record as a Giant. At the rate Bonds is going, that might not happen before the trade deadline and I think the longer the Giants hold onto him, the lower his value goes. They also mentioned that Bonds is willing to waive his no-trade clause as he understands the Giants have a lot to benefit by trading him.
Now they didn't mention any rumors as to trade talks, it was more a story that the Giants were willing to trade Barry. But it got me thinking about possible destinations and I can see the Bronx being a possibility. And as much as I don't like Barry, putting him in the Yankee lineup wouldn't be a bad thing at all. Not many teams out there are in the market to land a guy like Barry. It's a safe bet that he'd likely head to the American League so he can DH. Throw out the teams that don't have the money, aren't in contention, or don't have the need, and you're not left with much. The Yankees are definitely a possibility. They're somewhat in contention. They definitely have the money. They definitely have some good prospects, especially on the pitching side. And they definitely have a need.
With Giambi on the brink of being out for the season, the Yankees DH role is pretty much open. Bring in Bonds and then Damon can always go back to the OF or even take over at first if needed, assuming of course the Yankees don't go after a 1B, which they're rumored to be doing with Shea Hillenbrand. I could easily see the Yankees plugging Bonds into Giambi's spot. Imagine that lineup? Wow. Damon-Jeter-Abreu-Bonds-Alex-Posada-Matsui-Cano-1B. Or do you out Bonds third and move Abreu down? Imagine the possibilities.
Now in the end, I don't think the Yanks would even make a play for Barry. But who knows how desperate George is for another title? Bonds would be a huge addition to any lineup. And like I said, I'm not a Bonds guy, but I wouldn't mind seeing him in the Yankees lineup. And who knows? Maybe they'll make a play for Helton while they're in Colorado.
Just some food for thought.
Peace, love and Pinstripes,