Murray Chass said it could have happened.
The Boston media would have had a great time.
Dennis Gilbert, Bonds's agent at the time, wanted an average that exceeded $7.1 million because that was the yearly salary average of the contract Ryne Sandberg had signed with the Chicago Cubs earlier that year. Sandberg's average was the highest in baseball history, and Gilbert wanted to surpass it.That's why he went looking for a seven-year, $50 million deal for Bonds. He proposed it to the Boston Red Sox, and if they had said yes, Bonds would have gone to Boston....
....Imagine what a Red Sox acceptance of that proposal would have meant for baseball history. Despite the fact that he is a left-handed hitter, Bonds might have been able to hit 715 home runs with the aid of nothing more than Fenway Park's Green Monster. No chemicals needed, just a slight adjustment to his potent, and talent-filled, swing.
Imagine Bonds chasing Babe Ruth in the city where Ruth began playing major league baseball. Imagine Bonds being at the center of the fierce rivalry between the Red Sox and the Yankees.
Who knows how the events of 2004 would have turned had Bonds been in Boston, but maybe Bonds would have the World Series ring he has achingly coveted. Instead, Manny Ramírez has a ring.
Had the Red Sox said yes to the deal Bonds wanted, it's unlikely that eight years later, with Bonds presumably still aboard, they would have given Ramírez the eight-year, $160 million contract he signed with them in December 2000.