Bonds this winter will be a free agent, able to sign with any team. Conversely, the Giants are free to bid Bonds a fond adieu, raising the possibility that one of the greatest and most controversial figures of any era will move on.
The first time he was a free agent, in 2001, Bonds just had hit 73 home runs to break the single-season record, and the Giants rewarded him with the five-year, $90 million contract that expires with the 2006 season.
Since then, Bonds has moved within 21 home runs of tying Henry Aaron's all-time record of 755. In a vacuum, that alone would ensure that the Giants would re-sign Bonds for 2007 so he could catch Aaron in a San Francisco uniform. However, there are two big stumbling blocks.
-henry schulman, sf chronicle staff writer, friday, 29 september 2006