The Giants have a large collection of past stars in camp this year, working with younger players on the fundamentals of the game. The next former Giant to join the group will be the most prolific of the bunch, and the most controversial.

Barry Bonds is scheduled to return to the organization in March, this newspaper has learned, serving as a special instructor for the Giants' hitters. Bonds has long wanted to take on a more active role with the organization, but the two sides have not been connected in an official capacity since 2007, Bonds' last season in Major League Baseball.

The years since have been filled with performance-enhancing drug allegations, a perjury trial and a conviction for obstruction of justice, but the Giants are not worried about Bonds being a distraction.

"He's part of what we'll do here," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's going to be part of the group of instructors, like (Will) Clark, (J.T.) Snow or (Jeff) Kent. He's going to be like the other guys and help where he can.

"I don't have any concerns."

Bonds holds Major League Baseball records for home runs in a season (73) and career (762), but he was far more than just a slugger. Bonds, now 49, had a .444 career on-base percentage and stole 514 bases. In recent years he has on several occasions quietly slipped into the home clubhouse at AT&T Park to dispense hitting advice.