Sosa, Rangers Nearing Agreement
By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Sammy Sosa and the Texas Rangers are negotiating a minor league contract that would allow the former slugger to attempt his comeback in the town where he began his career.
Sosa, who hasn't played since the 2005 season, had a second workout for the Rangers on Monday, then had dinner with general manager Jon Daniels and other team officials. An agreement appears likely.
"We've had productive discussions," Sosa's agent, Adam Katz, said Tuesday.
Sosa hit .221 with 14 home runs and 45 RBIs in 102 games in 2005, his only season with the Baltimore Orioles. His major league debut came in 1989 for the Rangers, when he played in 25 games before being traded to the Chicago White Sox.
"This is about giving a guy a second chance," Daniels said.
The 38-year-old Sosa started training last month at home in the Dominican Republic in hopes of returning to the majors. He said then that he had received calls from teams interested in signing him.
Daniels said Sosa first worked out for the Rangers last week in the Dominican Republic.
"The workouts and subsequent conversations have been positive. He seems committed to proving himself again - made it clear he wants to contribute to a winning environment," Daniels wrote in an e-mail after Monday's dinner with Sosa.
During 17 seasons with the Rangers (1989), Chicago White Sox (1989-91), Chicago Cubs (1992-2004) and Baltimore (2005), Sosa is a .274 career hitter with 588 home runs and 1,575 RBIs. He ranks fifth on the career home run list, and he hit more than 60 homers in a season three times.
Sosa was the NL MVP in 1998, when he batted .308 with 66 homers and 158 RBIs for the Cubs.
The Rangers signed Sosa at age 16 in July 1985. He hit .238 with one homer and three RBIs in his major league debut for Texas before being traded to the White Sox, where he stayed until he was traded to the Cubs in the spring of 1992.