posted on Jan, 11 2005 @ 05:32 PM
The Sun-Times' Chris De Luca reports that the Mets and Orioles may still be interested in trading for Sammy Sosa. The Cubs could replace Sosa with
Magglio Ordonez, Jeromy Burnitz, Cliff Floyd or Jerry Hairston Jr......
Sammy Sosa, Cubs
After taking so many hits from teammates, management, fans and media since the 2004 season ended, Sosa likely will try to prove his
critics wrong in 2005. He is still a dangerous threat whenever he steps to the plate, and he did help keep Wrigley Field filled during some lean
Back and hip injuries forced Sosa, 36, to look lost at the plate at times last season. After the corked-bat fiasco in 2003 and a season
full of controversy in 2004, the Cubs have had enough of Sosa's act. This is a team that showed it doesn't handle distractions very well, and above
all else, Sosa will be a distraction.
Unless Hendry can swing a trade, the Cubs might be stuck with Sosa. Under that scenario, it would be time for manager Dusty Baker
to start earning his $3.5 million annual salary. Baker is, after all, billed as a players' manager -- a man who balanced Barry Bonds' enormous ego in
the Giants' clubhouse. Baker allowed his clubhouse to fray at the seams last season. If Sosa returns, he comes with his same assortment of baggage and
boomboxes. Nothing in the last four months will change Sosa's personality, meaning more of the onus will be on Baker to make all of his pieces fit
like a pretty puzzle.