I am perplexed by the reports coming out that Sammy Sosa is being traded to the Orioles. If these reports are to be believed, the seventh-most prolific home run hiter in baseball history is being traded for Jerry Hairston and a bag of baseballs, and the Cubs are paying most of his salary for next season.
I mean, are you telling me the Giants couldn’t figure out a way to give the Cubs one or two of our prospects and, say, Edgardo Alfonzo, and come out ahead in the deal. If I’m a GM and I read these reports, I would immediately call up the Cubs and offer something better than what the Orioles are. I don’t get it. Sure, Sosa’s had a pretty bad couple of seasons, but he still hit 35 home runs in 120 games last season. Wouldn’t you think the guy deserves a chance to rebound?
For crying out loud, the Giants are paying Moises Alou $7 million per, and his best year is essentially Sammy’s worst. Isn’t it worth a shot to try and land him if the Cubs are giving him away, and paying him to boot! Everyone was all over the Dodgers earlier this off-season, as they were making some pretty strange moves. Doesn’t paying somebody to take Sosa off your hands count as a strange move?
Buster Olney doesn’t seem to think Sammy has any upside at all. As far as Olney’s concerned, Sosa has essentially no chance to rebound. How can that be? How can somebody fall that far, that fast? I don’t see it. I can easily see Sosa hit 45 home runs for the Orioles, in that park, with all he has to prove. I think this is a move that will haunt the Cubs, and every other team that took a pass at taking Sosa off their hands.