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Bonds coming to AL East?

You aren’t dreaming, the Tampa Bay Rays have confirmed talks about Bonds joining their club.

From Associated Press via ESPN.com:

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays have had internal discussions about the prospect of pursuing Barry Bonds.

Manager Joe Maddon said Monday he knew “little” about what was going on, but acknowledged some thought has been given to the career home-run leader.

“A minor discussion was thrown out there a little bit, and it’s really not gone any further than that,” Maddon said after Monday’s workout at the team’s spring training facility. “That’s all it is right now.”

Bonds, who broke Henry Aaron’s career home run record last summer, has pleaded not guilty to perjury and obstruction of justice charges stemming from testimony to a federal grand jury in 2003 in which he said he never knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

Maddon was asked about his feelings on Bonds fitting in the clubhouse but he took the high road stating because he did not know Bonds personally it would be hard to make a conjecture. I found it surprising considering how candid he was even talking about Bonds. It’s a rare instance for a manager to publicly speak about players who aren’t even on the roster. In fact, many managers don’t even like to talk about players who are part of the club. Imagine a small market team taking on that three ring circus? Stay tuned, this one might blow the Pettitte/Clemens controversy off the table.

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