Sosa wants $7 million to play in 2008? And he wants to be back in Texas? Not a chance. Not a chance at all. I kind of thought that if the pieces fell in the right order that I wouldn’t mind having Sosa return. Not that I think he should be first in line mind you (or even second), but as a fallback plan I wouldn’t be opposed. But $7 million for 08? No thank you. Nice to see #21 again last year, but not at that price.
UPDATE: There’s a great article called “Sammy Sosa’s Dream World” about this by Joey Matschulat over at Baseball Time in Arlington. Check it out.
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Sammy Sosa wants to play in the majors next year, provided a team offers him a contract for at least $7 million.
Sosa hit 21 home runs with 92 RBIs this season with Texas. He sat out in 2006, and the Rangers gave him a $500,000 minor league contract.
“I feel victorious, and I think I proved that I have what it takes to stay in the major leagues,” he said at a news conference.
The 38-year-old outfielder said he expects several offers next week when teams begin negotiations with free agents. Sosa had recently said he wanted to be back with Texas next year.
Sosa finished the year with 609 home runs. He was the fifth player to reach 600, joining Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays.
“If they let me, I will reach 700,” he said.
Sosa did not see a lot of action after the All-Star Game.
“It was devastating when manager Ron Washington called me into his office and told me they were going to cut back my playing time,” he said. “My reaction was to go home and quit.”
Sosa finished with a .252 average in 114 games, including 87 starts as a designated hitter.