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Will The Rays Dance With The Devil?

Happy Tampa Bay BaseballIs Barry Bonds going to go to Tampa Bay and play with the always changing Devil Rays or move to a location where he can justify ignoring reporters because they speak another language, and play ball in Japan?

The Rays are busy talking internally about proposing an offer to Bonds’ agent, Jeff Borris, but have kept all conversations in house for the time being. And Borris is not exactly a wealth of knowledge for the time being. He had this to say:

“I talk to Tampa Bay all the time for a variety of reasons. I won’t comment on that [Bonds] one way or another. … There’s only so much I can say.”

Yet, the St. Pete Times still tried to get more information out of Borris. They asked him if he will meet with them while he is in Tampa/St. Pete. Again, a thought provoking response when he said, “I can’t say.”

But while Borris does not give much for us to chew on the Rays situation, he did make sure to tell the media that Japan is an option if no American team takes an interest in Bonds.

The thought of Borris driving from training camp to training camp trying to sell Bonds to GMs is quite humorous in my mind. But that is what you are committed to do if you take a player like Bonds into your stable of clients.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.