Mets' Interest In Sosa Dwindling
Sosa staying put for now?
Sosa staying put for now?
MLB Insiders
Posted Dec 3, 2004

Remember all those rumors about the Mets being ready to trade for Sammy Sosa?

Forget them.

The amount of money owed Sosa on his contract is so much that a trade is impossible unless the Cubs agree to pick up the majority of it.

Sosa is due $17.5 million in 2005. He has an $18 million option for 2006. That option has a $4.5 million buyout and a $3.5 million termination fee.

There's also a clause in Sosa's deal that guarantees his 2006 deal if he is traded and registers a $19 million option for 2007 -- with the same $4.5 million buyout and $3.5 million termination fee.

In other words, if Sosa is traded he will be owed a minimum of $43.5 million over two seasons.

The Players' Association might be willing to waive the trade clause in the deal. But even if that concession gets made, Sosa would be owed a minimum of $25.5 million for 2005. Sosa would likely want to be compensated for giving up the option. Figure at least $5 million.

The Cubs are believed to be willing to eat $8 million. The Mets would presumably trade Cliff Floyd to Chicago. Floyd is owed $6.5 million over each of the next two seasons.

That still leaves a significant gap. In addition, Sosa's production has steadily declined in recent seasons, and he has developed a sour attitude.

Earlier this week, GM Omar Minaya and Mets officials gathered Wednesday in suburban Westchester County, N.Y. to discuss the pursuit of Sosa and free agent starter Pedro Martinez.

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