03/03/09 7:10 AM EST
Agent to seek contract for Bonds
All-time home run leader reportedly interested in playing
By Bobbie Dittmeier / MLB.com
Jeff Borris told USA Today in a telephone interview that Bonds, whose federal perjury and obstruction-of-justice trial has been indefinitely delayed, gave him permission to solicit interest from teams.
"Due to the fact that Barry's trial has been delayed an indefinite period of time," Borris said, "I will be making the rounds this week to see if there's any interest in Barry playing for the 2009 season."
Bonds' trial was scheduled to begin on Monday in San Francisco, but was postponed when federal prosecutors said they would appeal a judge's ruling to exclude evidence because the person who can corroborate it, former Bonds trainer Greg Anderson, has continued to refuse to testify.
The trial is not expected to be rescheduled for several months.
Bonds did not play in 2008, the season after he passed Hank Aaron's home run record and reached 762 for his career. Borris said that Bonds wanted to play but found no takers.
"I'm not optimistic now, either," Borris said.
"Unless they have a change of heart, or see an error in their ways, I seriously doubt that clubs will give him the opportunity to play this year."
Bobbie Dittmeier is an editor/producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.