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.


Related Stories
Mets meeting in the suburbs
 -by InsidePitchMagazine.com  Dec 1, 2004
With Sosa over, Mets will turn elsewhere
 -by InsidePitchMagazine.com  Dec 4, 2004
Time For Steroid Use to Be Ejected
 -by DiamondbacksDaily.com  Dec 8, 2004

PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION INCLUDES
> Members-only Forums
> Insider Information
> MiLB &
   MLB Draft News
> Expert Chats

Sign Up Today!

Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from NorthsidersReport.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to My HotList.
RF Sammy Sosa (profile)
[View My HotList]
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to My HotList.
Baseball > Chi Cubs
Baseball > NY Mets
[View My HotList]