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07/11/08 8:18 PM ET
Ozzie rejects adding Bonds to Sox
Manager has no interest in slugger coming to Chicago
By Shawn Shroyer / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Every day it seems a new team is rumored to be interested in Barry Bonds. According to manager Ozzie Guillen, the White Sox will not be among them any time soon. Even if a current Chicago slugger were to go down for an extended period, Guillen didn't mince words on the possibility of Bonds wearing a White Sox uniform. "Barry can't play for my team," Guillen said. Acknowledging that signing Bonds would ultimately be up to general manager Ken Williams -- and stating he has a great amount of respect for Bonds -- Guillen left no doubt as to what his answer would be if Williams asked. "With all my respect -- to me he's one of the best players to ever play in the Major Leagues -- but I don't want a player like Barry around my team." However, Guillen said there's a good fit out there somewhere for Bonds, and he would like to see a club pick him up -- just not his club. "I think people should give him a shot, but he can't play for the White Sox," Guillen said. "It's about chemistry, and I don't think he'd be good for our chemistry."
Shawn Shroyer is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.