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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Sosa, Texas Ranger


The Rangers have decided to take a look at Sammy Sosa for their right-handed power batting needs.

If this isn't a John Hart move, I don't know what is.

Although, I admit that the former Rangers general manager would not have brought in Sammy Sosa on a quiet minor league deal, like Jon Daniels will probably do. Instead, he would have signed Sosa to a multi-year deal worth millions, and guaranteed him the cleanup spot - 'roids and Congressional committees be damned!

The Rangers have amassed an impressive lineup of unsavory characters throughout their history, including the likes of Jose Canseco, John Rocker, and Royce Clayton (wait, scratch that - Royce wasn't a criminal. He just sucked - another hallmark of the Hart era.)

This gratuitous digression in Hart-bashing aside, bringing in Sammy Sosa on a minor league deal is exactly the kind of no-risk deal for which Jon Daniels has become adept. Sosa has been out of baseball since the end of the 2005 season, where he hit .221 with 14 homers and 45 RBI's in 102 games for the Orioles.

At age 38, his once feared power stroke might be too slow for the dizzying array of strong relievers he will face in the American League. And with the crackdown on steroids (see Rafael Palmeiro) he won't be able to turn to the little green pills to salvage what's left of his sagging career.

But hey - if Rangers fans can survive the likes of Mark Clark and John Rocker, we can survive Sammy Sosa.

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