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Interesting twist in the Sosa saga......

Postby Madison » Mon Nov 15, 2004 1:45 am

From Rotoworld:

Sammy Sosa - OF - Cubs


The MLBPA reportedly won't stand in the way if Sammy Sosa decides to void the clause in his contract that guarantees his 2006 salary if he's traded.

The Players' Association doesn't want its members giving up guaranteed money, but since this is money Sosa is probably never going to see, it could be flexible. Sosa is far more likely to be traded if his $18 million option for 2006 isn't an issue. He'd still be owned $25 million ($17 million base salary, $4.5 million buyout and $3.5 million in severance pay), but that's much better than $39.5 million. Nov. 13 - 1:42 pm et
Source: Newark Star-Ledger




Sosa might wave the guaranteed $18 million option 8-o ? That would certainly pave the way for him to be traded.
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Re: Interesting twist in the Sosa saga......

Postby SaintsOfTheDiamond » Mon Nov 15, 2004 1:47 am

Madison wrote:From Rotoworld:

Sammy Sosa - OF - Cubs


The MLBPA reportedly won't stand in the way if Sammy Sosa decides to void the clause in his contract that guarantees his 2006 salary if he's traded.

The Players' Association doesn't want its members giving up guaranteed money, but since this is money Sosa is probably never going to see, it could be flexible. Sosa is far more likely to be traded if his $18 million option for 2006 isn't an issue. He'd still be owned $25 million ($17 million base salary, $4.5 million buyout and $3.5 million in severance pay), but that's much better than $39.5 million. Nov. 13 - 1:42 pm et
Source: Newark Star-Ledger




Sosa might wave the guaranteed $18 million option 8-o ? That would certainly pave the way for him to be traded.


Interesting, but the message that sends me is that he's not going anywhere. There's no way the MLBPA would allow this if there was even a chance he is on the move IMO. Plus, why would Sosa give up a guaranteed $18 million since there is no way a team pays him that up front -- maybe with incentives (he probably won't reach anyway) -- but not guaranteed like the contract is now. :-t
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Postby TheYanks04 » Mon Nov 15, 2004 2:07 am

He is not guaranteed it unless he is dealt. There is a TEAM option for 2006 with a 4.5 M buyout. It only becomes guarantreed if he is dealt. He will likely not be dealt as long as that provisio exists. So anything above the 4.5 M for 2006 is money Sosa is never going to see under his current contract. He would not be giving back much beyond what amounts to a trade decentive on the Cubs.
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Postby SaintsOfTheDiamond » Mon Nov 15, 2004 2:16 am

TheYanks04 wrote:He is not guaranteed it unless he is dealt. There is a TEAM option for 2006 with a 4.5 M buyout. It only becomes guarantreed if he is dealt. He will likely not be dealt as long as that provisio exists. So anything above the 4.5 M for 2006 is money Sosa is never going to see under his current contract. He would not be giving back much beyond what amounts to a trade decentive on the Cubs.


Right, that's what I was trying to say in a round-about way I guess. :-D If he's not going to be dealt anyway, the MLBPA can come out and look like the good guys by saying "....oh sure, we won't stand in the way of him being traded and losing money if he indeed is traded....".
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Postby Mustangs989 » Mon Nov 15, 2004 9:24 am

I actually think this does open up the door for him to be traded. Sammy knows that they aren't going to pick up his option if he is kept by the Cubs. Sammy obviously wants out and he knows that if his new team doesn't have to pick up his option next year that there is a much greater chance of him being traded. Now why the MLBPA would allow this to happen I have no idea, but I have no problem with it ;-)
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Postby Transmogrifier » Mon Nov 15, 2004 9:29 am

Why would the union allow this? I mean, I'm happy with the way the Arod trade ended up, but isn't this a little fishy?
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Re: Interesting twist in the Sosa saga......

Postby raiders_umpire » Mon Nov 15, 2004 1:30 pm

Madison wrote:


Sosa might wave the guaranteed $18 million option 8-o ? That would certainly pave the way for him to be traded.



i imagine the cubs would eat that up and trade him in a heartbeat if he does that.......
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Postby bjm97 » Mon Nov 15, 2004 1:50 pm

I hope MLBPA doesn't allow him to void that clause on his contract. Looking at the history of my favorite team it would make sense that the Mets trade for yet another declining slugger. Maybe the Mets can pay him the money that they were giving to big Mo. Just a rant
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Postby Amazinz » Mon Nov 15, 2004 1:53 pm

I don't want Sosa on the Mets either but Sosa/Farnsworth/$ for Floyd is not all that bad of a deal for the Mets.

The key is to not let Slammin' Sammy cork his own bats. This is NY after all so they need to get him a top of the line bat corker... :-o
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Postby bjm97 » Mon Nov 15, 2004 1:59 pm

LOL Amazing love the cork bat comment. I am not a huge Floyd fan either but don't like to see a 130K+ guy in the lineup. I would much rather not have a big bat in favor of a guy who can hit 320 and has decent doubles power. It is frusterating to see Kaz lead our team with a 272 BA.
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