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Barry Bonds Still Wants to Play This Season

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Dec. 21: Former San Francisco Giants Barry Bonds leaves the Philip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco, after responding to government concerns that his high powered legal team may have conflicts of interest because they have represented other figures in the Balco steroids scandal. (AP)

Unsigned and thus far unwanted, Barry Bonds still hopes to play this year.

"I'm not going to retire. I don't think that's going to happen," he told MLB.com Tuesday. "I'm working out. I'm training. If my phone rings, it rings. If it don't, it don't. I have a cell phone. I have a Blackberry. They work. If something comes up, I'm sure they'll let me know. I'll come back in July if I have to. It depends on the circumstances."

Baseball's home run king was indicted in November on four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice stemming from 2003 grand-jury testimony in which he denied knowingly using illegal performance-enhancing drugs. He pleaded innocent.

"I want to win a championship or else I want to keep trying to win a championship until there's nothing left inside me," Bonds said. "I can still play."

The slugger did get one offer Wednesday, to work in media relations for a minor league team.

The Lake Elsinore Storm, a Class-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, released a tongue-in-cheek statement announcing that the club has offered Bonds "a cushy Media Relations position (with slight pay cut from $19.3 million), full use of baseball facilities and of course expanded cubicle space with barcalounger and plasma TV."

"We just think the way he has handled the media with such grace over the years that he would be a perfect fit in our media relations department," Storm general manager Chris Jones said.