Bonds still hasn't signed contract for upcoming season

Updated: February 15, 2007, 1:32 PM ET
Associated Press

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Even if Barry Bonds shows up on time to spring training Monday, he likely won't practice with the team until he signs his contract.

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2006 SEASON STATISTICS
GM HR RBI R OBP AVG
130 26 77 74 .454 .270

The San Francisco Giants slugger is not on the team's 40-man roster, which currently stands at 39 after catcher Mike Matheny went on the voluntary retirement list with a concussion.

If Bonds signs his deal, he would fill that open spot.

Yet Bonds' $15.8 million, one-year contract is unresolved because of contract language. Technically, he's still a free agent and not under the Giants' control.

The 42-year-old Bonds has been working out all offseason at UCLA and appears as healthy as ever, according to the Giants, Bonds' trainer and his agent. He had arthroscopic surgery on his troublesome left elbow after the 2006 season.

After missing all but 14 games in 2005 following three operations on his right knee, Bonds batted .270 with 26 homers and 77 RBIs and drew 115 walks in 130 games last year.

The seven-time NL MVP begins his 22nd major league season 22 homers shy of breaking Hank Aaron's career record of 755.

The Giants and Bonds' representative, Jeff Borris, have differing views of certain language in his contract and Bonds has yet to sign a revised version.

They originally agreed to terms Dec. 7 on the final day of baseball's winter meetings, then the team announced the deal Jan. 29 and Bonds did an interview via conference call.

At issue are specifics about what would happen if the slugger were to be indicted or face further legal trouble, as well as details about a personal-appearance provision that was rejected by the commissioner's office.

The Giants sent revised documents to Borris, but Bonds has yet to sign them.

A federal grand jury is investigating whether Bonds perjured himself when he testified in 2003 in the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative steroid distribution case that he hadn't knowingly taken any performance-enhancing drugs.

Bonds long has denied knowingly using steroids.


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