In some way, this is sad: Sammy Sosa has rejected two contracts with the Washington Nationals. Neither was a guaranteed contract, perhaps minor league work, not more than a million dollars for a single season.
As I said, in some ways, sad. Sosa likely feels that his past performance should inform a future contract, but he’s coming off two weak seasons, one with the Cubs, one with the Orioles. Combine that with Sosa’s anti-social behavior his last season with the Cubs, and the Nationals certainly have the justification to offer Sosa a lower-than-expected contract.
Will Sosa retire, rather than accept a slightly-better offer? It’s a good question, and one I can’t answer. Sammy Sosa was a very good player, a very powerful player, and simply a fun player to watch for a long time out in Wrigley’s outfield, but now he’s a former marquee player in the twilight of his career. Certainly I’d like to see Sosa have one last good season before he hangs up his cleats instead of fading off into obscurity.