Rays discuss the possibility of Bonds coming to Tampa

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. --- The Tampa Bay Rays have had internal discussions about the prospect of pursuing Barry Bonds .

Manager Joe Maddon said Monday he knew "little" about what was going on, but he acknowledged some thought has been given to the career home-run leader.

"A minor discussion was thrown out there a little bit, and it's really not gone any further than that," Maddon said after Monday's workout at the team's spring training facility.

The St. Petersburg Times reported in Monday's editions that team officials have conferred among themselves about Bonds and other veteran unsigned free agents, such as Kenny Lofton and Mike Piazza .

Andrew Friedman , Rays vice president of baseball operations, called the report a "non-story."

Bonds, who broke Henry Aaron's career home run record last summer, has pleaded not guilty to perjury and obstruction of justice charges stemming from testimony to a federal grand jury in 2003 in which he said he never knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs.

Maddon shrugged off a question about how Bonds might fit in with the Rays if the team decided to pursue him and ultimately added him to the roster.

"It's hard to conjecture. ... I don't know this man. I only know what I read, and I'm very much open to meeting people and drawing my own conclusions about people," Maddon said. "I don't necessarily believe everything that I read."

RED SOX: Former AL Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon agreed to a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox and will report to spring training.

The 34-year-old right-hander was 6-8 with a 6.34 ERA in 19 games last season with the Los Angeles Angels.

He has been slowed by injuries, opening last year on the disabled list with a partial tear in his right rotator cuff and later going out with problems in his elbow.

RANGERS: Right-hander Kevin Millwood was scratched from his first spring start because of a right hamstring injury.

The 33-year-old injured the hamstring in the final conditioning drill Sunday. He was scheduled to pitch two innings Friday against the Los Angeles Angels.

"I felt like I was in really good shape, and then something like this happens," said Millwood, a former Atlanta Braves pitcher.

METS: New York's intrasquad scrimmage meant a lot more than a mere early-season workout to Duaner Sanchez .

Sanchez pitched in a game for the first time since July 2006, when his right shoulder was separated in a taxi accident. He gave up two hits and walked a batter in a scoreless inning.

ROCKIES: Manager Clint Hurdle , who usually keeps players guessing until mid-March, pulled left-hander Jeff Francis aside and told him he'd get the opening-day start March 31 at St. Louis.

"What else do we need to go through this spring before we decide to give Jeff the ball? He doesn't need to compete," Hurdle said.

TWINS: Pitcher Francisco Liriano said he received his U.S. visa and was preparing to travel to spring training in Florida.

The Dominican left-hander had a delay in obtaining the visa because of a Florida drunken-driving plea and missed the team's Feb. 18 voluntary reporting date for pitchers and catchers in Fort Myers, Fla.

TAMPA BAY'S HOME RUN LEADERS


The Tampa Bay Rays are interested in Barry Bonds, the career home run leader with 762. Here's a look at players who have hit the most homers while on the team:


PLAYER........HRS WITH TEAM


1. Aubrey Huff........128


2. Fred McGriff........99


3. Carl Crawford........62


4. Greg Vaughn........60


5. Jonny Gomes........58


6. Rocco Baldelli........48


7. Carlos Pena*........46


8. Jorge Cantu........44


9. Toby Hall ........44


10. Jose Canseco........43


*Hit all 46 last season in his first season in Tampa Bay.


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