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Bonds finally signs

One-year deal becomes official

Barry Bonds finally signed his $15.8 million, one-year deal yesterday, ending more than two months of wrangling between the slugger and the San Francisco Giants over contract language. With both sides satisfied, Bonds is scheduled to report Monday to spring training.

"I expect he will be ready to go," general manager Brian Sabean said. The 42-year-old Bonds is 22 homers shy of breaking Hank Aaron's career record of 755.

At issue were specifics about what would happen if Bonds were to be indicted or face further legal trouble, along with details about a personal appearance provision that was rejected by the commissioner's office.

Zambrano backs off
Carlos Zambrano backed off recent comments that he would leave the Chicago Cubs as a free agent after this season if he doesn't get a multiyear contract during spring training.

Although he would rather get a new deal done by Opening Day, the pitcher said he would be willing to negotiate next fall.

"They have the first look," Zambrano said. "I didn't say that if they don't sign me before the end of spring training I will not sign with the Cubs. I didn't say that. I just said they have till the beginning of the season; if not, I don't want to talk about [a] contract during the season."

Swindal arrested
Yankees general partner Steve Swindal, owner George Steinbrenner's son-in-law, was arrested by the St. Petersburg (Fla.) police early yesterday on a charge of driving under the influence. He was booked for a misdemeanor and released on $250 bond . . . Right fielder Michael Cuddyer and the Minnesota Twins agreed to a $3,575,000, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration minutes before their scheduled hearing. Cuddyer batted .284 with 24 home runs, 109 RBIs, and 102 runs scored last season, when he made $1.35 million . . . Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood is not expected to throw off the mound for a few days after he slipped this week getting out of a hot tub at home. Wood landed on his stomach and chest. "It was just a little spill," Wood said. " My arm feels great. My body feels good." . . . Barry Zito unveiled a different delivery on his first day with the Giants, making at least one of his new coaches nervous. Pitching coach Dave Righetti went as far as to say the tweaks Zito made could cause him to lose his dominant curveball and wear down his body. Zito has never missed a start in his seven-year career. "He's gone from one extreme to another from a pitching standpoint," Righetti said . . . Seattle manager Mike Hargrove was often asked about team chairman Howard Lincoln's comments during the offseason that Hargrove was on the hot seat for 2007 -- and always answered calmly. But when he was questioned yesterday, he became irritated. "I've got two words: Good. Bye. How's that?" Hargrove said. " This will be the 16th year of doing this at the big league level. I've been good at what I do. I'm still good at what I do." . . . Yankees manager Joe Torre spoke to Bernie Williams and the message was clear: Come to spring training. Williams, feeling slighted by the only major league team he's played for, has refused to accept a minor league contract. "The only thing I stressed to him is: 'If you want to continue to play, you can't do it if you stay up there. We have to see you,' " Torre said. Torre said that if Williams, 38, does come to spring training, he would have a real chance of earning a spot . . . Torre's brother, former major leaguer Frank Torre, 75, needs a kidney transplant because of medication he's taken since receiving a new heart in 1996 . . . The Yankees will wear black armbands on their uniforms this season in honor of pitcher Cory Lidle, who died four months ago when his plane crashed into a Manhattan apartment building.

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