Barry Bonds won’t be retried on perjury counts

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As you’ll recall, the jury that sat in judgment of Barry Bonds could not reach a verdict on the perjury counts he faced.  That meant a mistrial on those counts, which gave the prosecution the right to re-try Bonds if it so chose.  Today the prosecution announced that it would decline.  From the Mercury News:

Federal prosecutors, apparently satisfied with securing an obstruction of justice conviction against home run king Barry Bonds, have dropped three lingering perjury counts against him unresolved at this spring’s trial.

I think they made a wise choice here. My rooting interests in this case aside, I think they would have had an awfully difficult time getting a conviction if they went back to the well on this one.  They were wise to cut their losses.

Bonds will be sentenced on the obstruction charge on December 16th. And then, of course, he will appeal that conviction.  So no, it’s not quite over yet.

Report: Reds sign Ben Revere

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The Reds have signed outfielder Ben Revere to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. Revere is expected to take home a salary between $1 million and $1.5 million if he makes the major league roster, Heyman adds.

Revere, 29, spent last season with the Angels. He batted a light .275/.308/.344 in 308 plate appearances. Revere does have some speed as he stole 21 bases last year.

Revere will try to earn a spot on the roster as a backup outfielder. The Reds’ starting spots are spoken for with Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton, and Scott Schebler.