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: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.