Sammy! Sammy Sosa apparently misplaced a decimal point today, declaring that he wants a $7MM contract for 2007. OK, that’s not fair. He’s worth more than $700K. He did post a better slugging percentage than the average DH, with a .468 mark.
However, the average DH also had a .355 OBP in 2007. Sammy was at .311. He hit .328/.410/.613 against lefties and .222/.267/.410 against righties.
Idea time! GMs in the audience, you can thank me later. If you’re an AL team with an open DH slot, sign Sammy for $4MM. Then trade for Scott Hatteberg. You’ve got a $6MM DH combo right there. Sosa only faces lefties, Hatteberg only faces righties. If this pair had been combined like that in 2007, you’d have gotten a .324/.411/.524 line from your DH spot. Booyah! Where else are you going to get a .900 OPS for that price?