Bonds signs one-year contract with Giants

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA (TICKER) Barry Bonds will try to eclipse Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record as a member of the San Francisco Giants.

Bonds officially signed his one-year, $15.8 million contract on Thursday, keeping the seven-time MVP in San Francisco for a 15th consecutive season.

The deal originally was announced last month, but contract terms were not finalized until Thursday.

Bonds is scheduled to participate in the Giants’ first full-squad workout on Tuesday.

Bonds needs 22 homers to break Aaron’s mark of 755. Second on the all-time list with 734 career home runs, Bonds batted .270 with 26 homers last season.

Bonds has battled knee injuries and also has been at the center of baseball’s ongoing steroids controversy over the past several years. The 42-year-old slugger underwent three operations on his right knee in 2005 and has appeared in a total of just 144 games in the last two campaigns.

At the conclusion of last season, Bonds had surgery to remove bone chips from his left elbow.

Bonds got off to a slow start in 2006, hitting just .240 through July. But the 13-time All-Star rebounded over the last two months, smacking 12 homers in August and September to reach the 25-homer plateau for the 17th time.

Entering his 22nd season, Bonds still has excellent power in addition to a keen eye. He walked 115 times in 130 games last season - including a major league-leading 38 intentional passes - and has received a record 2,426 walks in his legendary career.

But all of Bonds’ production and pursuit of the home run record will come with a price.

Already under intense scrutiny in baseball’s ongoing steroids controversy, Bonds reportedly failed an amphetamines test last season, and the New York Daily News reported that Bonds attributed the positive test results to a substance he took from the locker of teammate Mark Sweeney.

Bonds later absolved Sweeney of any involvement but never commented on whether or not he took amphetamines. Bonds, who repeatedly has denied ever knowingly taking steroids, already is under a federal grand jury investigation for perjury.

On December 4, 2003, Bonds was one of several athletes forced to testify as part of the BALCO case, which centered around the San Francisco-area lab, its founder Victor Conte, and Greg Anderson - Bonds’ personal trainer and longtime friend.

Anderson was indicted for illegal distribution of steroids. Bonds told the grand jury that he believed Anderson had given him flaxseed oil and arthritic balm, a substance that turned out to contain steroids.

A book released in 2006 by San Francisco Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, “Game of Shadows” alleges Bonds engaged in persistent doping, taking four different kinds of steroids as well as insulin and human growth hormone during 2001 alone, when he hit 73 homers to break Mark McGwire’s single-season record.

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Updated Thursday, Feb 15, 2007