10 Teams that Really Could Use Barry Bonds
It does not make sense that one of the greatest hitters of all time is not in uniform and on a Major League roster.
Barry Bonds should not be unemployed right now. Teams are scuffling and looking for ways to score. Star players like David Ortiz, Travis Hafner, Alfonso Soriano, and many others have been slumping all season.
Here are 10 teams in no particular order that need to sign Bonds immediately if they really care about winning.
1) San Diego Padres
This team is ranked last in the National League in many offensive categories. They have started Scott Hairston and Paul McAnulty in left field the last two games. Bonds would be a significant upgrade over those two. With Greg Maddux, Chris Young, and Jake Peavy, the Padres don't need a lot of offense, but Bonds would definitely get them over the hump and help them win a lot more games.
2) San Francisco Giants
The Giants should have never let Bonds go. They only have 18 HRs so far. The 2008 Giants are younger and faster, but Bonds would have been their power hitter who could deliver a few runs with one swing of the bat. It would also take pressure off all the youngsters with Bonds in the lineup.
3) New York Mets
The Mets will be in contention for the NL East crown, but it will be tough to win it without Bonds. He could help get them over the top. Carlos Delgado is no longer effective as a power hitter. Angel Pagan is no Bonds. Imagine a lineup with David Wright, Carlos Beltran, and Bonds in the middle of the lineup!
4) Chicago White Sox
The White Sox offense has struggled all year. They can't seem to score and power hitters like Jim Thome and Paul Konerko have low batting averages. The team as a whole is ranked dead last in batting average in the AL.
5) Cleveland Indians
This team had David Dellucci batting third in the lineup today and playing left field. Travis Hafner can do no right and is batting .215. The whole team has slumped all season and signing Bonds would be a big boost to their lineup.
6) Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays cut Frank Thomas and need another big bat. The team is struggling even though it has had some outstanding starts from Roy Halladay, Shawn Marcum, and Dustin McGowan. The manager, John Gibbons, has no clue what to do and his job is in limbo. They think Adam Lind can help, but a veteran like Bonds would be more valuable right now.
7) New York Yankees
The Yankees’ lineup would be lethal with Bonds as their DH. Imagine a lineup with Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Hideki Matsui, and Bonds. Jason Giambi has given this team nothing all year and Jorge Posada is out with a shoulder injury.
8) Atlanta Braves
Gregor Blanco and Matt Diaz in left field? How about Bonds? The Braves would upgrade with Bonds as their new left fielder. The Braves would be more potent with Chipper Jones, Mark Teixeira, and Bonds. This team needs better starting pitching but another bat would help out too.
9) Seattle Mariners
The Mariners need help badly on offense. This team does not score enough to win. Bonds could be their DH and bat cleanup which would lessen the pressure on Adrian Beltre and Richie Sexson.
10) Detroit Tigers
The Tigers are not getting anything out of Jacque Jones but double-play balls that kill an inning or strikeouts. They could put Bonds in left field or as their DH. With Bonds, the Tigers won't have to worry as much about their porous bullpen.
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