Pirates to try to re-sign Bonilla


The Pittsburgh Pirates will make one last push to re-sign Bobby Bonilla but don't anticipate reaching a deal with the four-time All-Star, board chairman Douglas Danforth said yesterday.

Bonilla can become a free agent after this season. After helping lead Pittsburgh to its second straight National League East title, he could land a five-year contract worth about $25 million.

Bonilla has said he will give Pittsburgh the first chance to re-sign him, but has dropped hints he wouldn't mind returning to his native New York or playing in Chicago or San Diego, where close friend Barry Bonds built a house last winter.

Bonds, a strong contender for his second straight Most Valuable Player award, has said there is little chance he will re-sign with Pittsburgh next year if the Pirates don't sign Bonilla, his closest friend on the team.

* BLUE JAYS: Tom Henke, who has 32 saves, won't be available until at least Friday.

The pitcher's sore right shoulder was examined in Los Angeles on Monday by orthopedic specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum, who gave the reliever a cortisone injection.

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