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Sammy Sosa | Designated Hitter

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (45) / 11/12/1968
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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According to the Associated Press, a congressional committee will look into Sammy Sosa’s 2005 denial that he used illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
The hearing is infamous now. Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro and Curt Schilling sat at a table before congress on March 17, 2005 and awkwardly discussed baseball's steroid issues. Sosa vehemently denied usage at that time through a written statement, read by his lawyer: "To be clear, I have never taken illegal performance-enhancing drugs. I have never injected myself or had anyone inject me with anything." He is now in danger of facing possibly perjury charges. We'll keep you updated. Thu, Jun 18, 2009 08:52:00 AM

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The New York Times, citing lawyers with knowledge of test results, reports that Sammy Sosa is among the players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003.

Though Sosa has been widely suspected of performance-enhancing drug use, this represents his first clear link to a positive test result. The 40-year-old, who announced his plans to retire from baseball earlier this month, is sixth on baseball's all-time home run list, with 609.
Tue, Jun 16, 2009 05:08:00 PM

Sammy Sosa said Wednesday that he's ready to announce his formal retirement from baseball.

"I will calmly wait for my induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame," said a delusional Sosa. "I always played with love and responsibility and I assure you that I will not answer nor listen to rumors. If anything ugly comes up in the future, we will confront it immediately, but with all our strength because I will not allow anybody to tarnish what I did in the field."
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Jun 3, 2009 08:48:00 PM

Rangers GM Jon Daniels told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he has no plans of pursuing free agent Sammy Sosa.

"He did a great job for us in 2007, but I'm not sure it's a fit for us this year," Daniels said. It's hard to see the 40-year-old Sosa realistically fitting in with most teams. He hit 21 homers and 92 RBI on top of a .252 average back in '07 with Texas, but he was a liability against righties.
Sat, Dec 27, 2008 09:19:00 AM

Free agent Sammy Sosa said he's open to returning to the majors if someone makes him an offer.

Sosa probably could have gotten a job last year, but he wanted regular playing time and at least $7 million. Sosa previously said that it was intention to retire following the World Baseball Classic, but he's in shape and apparently hoping for another opportunity.
Thu, Dec 25, 2008 06:31:00 PM

Royals GM Dayton Moore said there's no truth to an ESPN Deportes report that his team has renewed interest in free agent Sammy Sosa.

"We’re very comfortable with the current group of players we have in camp competing for spots on our 25-man roster," Moore said Friday. "There is no immediate desire to acquire other players through free agency." The Royals might consider taking Sosa on as a DH against left-handers if he'd be content in that role. He wants to play against righties as well.
Fri, Feb 29, 2008 01:37:00 PM

Agent Adam Katz said free agent Sammy Sosa is still holding out for a guarantee of fairly regular playing time.

"There are some teams that have expressed an interest," Katz said. "But he's looking for full-time work. We have part-time offers. But at this point we don't have a deal." Sammy might want to start brushing up on his Japanese.
Source: SI.com
Mon, Feb 25, 2008 04:32:00 PM

The Rangers showed some interest in bringing back free agent Sammy Sosa in a limited role, but he isn't interested, according to agent Adam Katz.

"Sammy is very grateful and thankful to Texas for giving him this opportunity and for being receptive to bringing him back this season," Katz said. "But Sammy still wants to play -- ideally in a situation where he could get 400 to 500 plate appearances. If the right situation presents itself, he's available." It probably won't. Sosa said in November that he wants at least $7 million in 2008 to postpone retirement for another year.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Jan 18, 2008 11:41:00 PM

General manager Dayton Moore dismissed reports Thursday that the Royals are interested in Sammy Sosa.

ESPNdeportes.com was the source of the original speculation, but Moore seemed relatively clear that there's nothing to the rumor.
Fri, Dec 7, 2007 10:20:00 AM

The Royals are talking to agent Adam Katz about a deal for free agent Sammy Sosa, a source told ESPN's Enrique Rojas.

Sosa doesn't seem like a very good fit with Jose Guillen in right field and another right-handed hitter likely to DH in Billy Butler. As little as he has to contribute against righties, he only makes sense for a team willing to platoon in the DH spot.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Dec 4, 2007 04:03:00 PM

Rangers declined to offer arbitration to OF Sammy Sosa, RHP Jamey Wright, 2B-OF Jerry Hairston Jr. and 1B-OF Brad Wilkerson.

None would have brought back compensation. The Rangers will continue their attempts to re-sign Wright as a swingman. Wilkerson seems like a better first-base option to us than rumored alternatives Tony Clark and Sean Casey.
Sat, Dec 1, 2007 08:03:00 PM

The Rangers have decided they will not offer arbitration to their four free agents: Sammy Sosa, Brad Wilkerson, Jerry Hairston Jr. and Jamey Wright.

Wright is the only one they had much interest in bringing back. Perhaps they could still come to an agreement with him before the midnight Saturday deadline.
Sat, Dec 1, 2007 01:00:00 AM

Free agent Sammy Sosa wants at least $7 million to postpone retirement and play in 2008.

Sorry, Sammy, but that's simply not realistic. Sosa was on waivers after the trade deadline and not one team opted to claim him. He proved in 2007 that he can be a useful bat against left-handers, but he wasn't productive at all against righties (676 OPS) and he's a liability in the outfield. He's a $1 million bench player at this point.
Fri, Nov 2, 2007 08:48:00 PM

Sammy Sosa said he plans to play again next season, and it sounds like the Rangers will explore the possibility of bringing him back.

Manager Ron Washington said he'd like to have Sosa back on his squad, and Sosa said he would like to discuss the idea with general manager Jon Daniels. Of course, much will depend on what type of role Texas would offer Sosa, the Rangers' RBI leader with 90.
Fri, Sep 21, 2007 07:32:00 AM

Sammy Sosa had a three-run homer and a two-run single Friday versus the A's.

Sosa has four homers and 16 RBI in his last seven starts. It seems he really could have helped a contender had one been willing to give him a chance.
Sat, Sep 15, 2007 01:48:00 AM

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2Robinson Chirinos
1B1J.P. Arencibia
2Mike Carp
3Prince Fielder
2B1Rougned Odor
2Jurickson Profar
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Kevin Kouzmanoff
LF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Jake Smolinski
3Jim Adduci
CF1Leonys Martin
2Engel Beltre
RF1Alex Rios
2Daniel Robertson
DH1Mitch Moreland
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PosRoleName
S1Yu Darvish
2Derek Holland
3Matt Harrison
4Colby Lewis
5Nick Tepesch
6Nick Martinez
7Miles Mikolas
8Martin Perez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Neftali Feliz
2Shawn Tolleson
3Alexi Ogando
4Neal Cotts
5Tanner Scheppers
6Roman Mendez
7Scott Baker
8Phil Klein
9Alexander Claudio
10Jon Edwards
11Pedro Figueroa