Thursday, July 17, 2008

Clarification on Barry Bonds' 'Talks' with Yankees

(See update, 7/18)

The Bronx Bomber's report that former Giants outfielder Barry Bonds is in contract negotiations with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman comes from a source within the Yankees organization, though not through conventional channels.

The variously reported denials eminating from the office of Bonds' agent Jeff Borris give us pause, but the world of free agent signings and negotations, historically being one of thrusts and parries, blocks and feints, cannot absolutely be taken at face value. There is no intent here to cast aspersion in Borris' direction. However, it is only logical that he would seek to deflect any notion that his client has a done deal with the Yankees rather than risk discouraging other suitors.

There is no reason to believe any news or speculation from this source has ever been wrong. The source has described what is tantamount to a news blackout imposed by the front office as a result of a longstanding edict from George Steinbrenner that absolutely no information from unofficial outlets will be tolerated.

Yet, within this isolated culture it is impossible to entirely forbid an exchange of knowledge which may or may not leak from the core of the club's inner sanctum.

MLBnewsonline.com publishes news and other confirmed facts, but also is a conduit for ephemeral rumors which may or may not pass the traditional authentication test that might be imposed by mainstream media. At this time, the Bronx Bomber's source has not backed away from his assertion, and until such time as that occurs we have no reason to retract it, even though it has created a good deal of healthy skepticism.

Further complicating the matter is Mr. Steinbrenner's edict that absolutely nothing should be permitted from unofficial sources under penalty of suspension or dismissal, and therefore no concrete denial can be anticipated from the Yankees.

Information has since been reported that the Yankees have a tentative deal in place with Richie Sexson. Still, as Sexson is a right-handed bat, the signing of Bonds, a lefty, would not necessarily be precluded. We expect an update within 24 to 48 hours and will not hasten to draw any other conclusion at this time except to say the report has yet to be debunked.

- Publisher, MLBnewsonline.com

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

To the MLBNewsonline site

John Heyman was told by Yankees FO officials they are not interested in Bonds -source WFAN

Ken Rosenthal was screamed at by the Yankees FO official at the word Bonds -source FOXSPORTS

Buster Olney said the Yankees are not persueing Barry Bonds source -ESPN

Brian Cashman himself on ESPN radio said “No” - source 1050 ESPN NY

End this BS rumor already and call it a night.

Anonymous said...

BS it might be as the Yankees clubhouse already has several cancers, why bring in another? But they've always been about 'winning,' cancer or HGH be damned. That said, their attempts to control information remind me of Rumsfeld, who was fond of investigating leakers at the Pentagon. $teinbrenner, after all, was very fond of Richard Milhouse Nixon, it seems fitting he runs his organization as such.

Anonymous said...

seems like the post under this is also calling BS

Alex said...

No one ever even heard of this blog until they came out saying Bonds will sign with the Yankees. This is a gimmick aimed at attracting viewers. Unfortunately, it also ruined the site's credibility. You're a sham.

travisbickle said...

I would never have looked at this horses ass site had it not been listed at ballbug.com. What a load of vermin.

Anonymous said...

Nice. And remember you said that when Bonds signs with the Yankees next week.

Anonymous said...

better go clean the back seat of your cab again, travis