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Postby Amazinz » Wed Oct 06, 2004 12:08 am

When the Rangers were initially trying to move Soriano (reportedly to the Mets) early in the year, the reported reason was to shed his contract to free money for pitching and to eventually re-sign their kids. So why would they want to sign Sosa's sorry butt for all that money? I don't follow the Rangers very closely but at face value that doesn't make much sense.

The Mets are in a similar situation (purely speculation) trying to move Piazza's contract. I don't think they'd want to pick up Sammy's. If Omar's first move as the Mets' GM is signing Sosa I may go to prison... :-b
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Postby Madison » Wed Oct 06, 2004 12:16 am

Amazinz wrote:When the Rangers were initially trying to move Soriano (reportedly to the Mets) early in the year, the reported reason was to shed his contract to free money for pitching and to eventually re-sign their kids. So why would they want to sign Sosa's sorry butt for all that money? I don't follow the Rangers very closely but at face value that doesn't make much sense.


I kinda agree. I'd be upset if my Rangers make this deal because $39.5 million over two years is too much for Sosa. However, Park is due something like $32 million over the final two years of his deal. Basically the Rangers would pick up the extra salary in order to actually get some production from Sammy rather than the usual nothing from Park. It does make some sense, but I think the Rangers can make a better deal than that.
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Postby Amazinz » Wed Oct 06, 2004 12:23 am

OK. I didn't realize Park was making $32M over two years. Wow. The boils down to an extra $7M for Sammy which makes it seem more reasonable.
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Postby swingaway » Wed Oct 06, 2004 4:12 am

the only way i see the rangers deal working is if the rangers get some type of pitcher(clement) in the deal along with sosa .
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Postby Mustangs989 » Wed Oct 06, 2004 6:13 pm

swingaway wrote:the only way i see the rangers deal working is if the rangers get some type of pitcher(clement) in the deal along with sosa .

Clement is a f/a, so I don't think that'll work. Anyway I don't like this trade too much for the Cubs, $3-$4 million more of cap room for next season isn't worth getting a pitcher who is worthless unless they could somehow pawn him off.
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Postby thetongueofire » Wed Oct 06, 2004 7:21 pm

Sammy should work on his bat speed. Cubs will have a couple of tough issues to deal with this postseason.
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Postby Tavish » Wed Oct 06, 2004 10:36 pm

Front page of the KC Star today mentioned rumors of a Sweeney for Sosa trade talk. Not that I take it serious at all, but thought I would mention it. Why either team would want either one of those players is beyond me. Maybe they would be hoping for a "change of scenery" effect.
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Postby Pogotheostrich » Thu Oct 07, 2004 12:21 pm

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Postby Madison » Thu Oct 07, 2004 12:40 pm

CHICAGO (AP) -- Sammy Sosa was fined $87,400 -- one day's salary _ for arriving late and leaving early at the Cubs' regular-season finale at Wrigley Field.


Must be nice to make that every day. :-°
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