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SammyStock 2005! Day Six

Monday, January 10, 2005

I found a new blog I really like called Baseball Told the Right Way, go check it out.

Hey Hey, Cubs Fans! Welcome to SammyStock 2005! Where legitimacy isn't the concern... its just rumors, free, casual rumors, with whoever happens to be in the majors.

We've got a lot of great suitors out there, so lets get Rumor mongering! Yeah!

Lets Give it up for...

... The Pirates

Even with a brand-new, supposedly beautiful ballpark (I would love to visit), the Pirates are strugling to put fannies in the seats. PNC park opened in 2001 and now the 'new ballpark smell' is wearing off. Since the Pirates don't figure to be real competitive, they are looking for a big name draw to convince those 'burgers to take a trip across the Roberto Clemente bridge... and so the Pirates are interested in Sammy Sosa.

However, because salary is always a concern in Pittsburgh, the Pirates can't take on too much additional payroll. The package is shaping up to be this: Matt Lawton and his large salary (not sure if its $6.75, $7.25 or more) will be traded to the Cubs for Sammy Sosa and $6 million. The trade is being held up pending Sosa's decision of whether to void the 2006 vesting option on his contract if he is signed.

... The Brewers

The Brewers are being sold to Mark Attanasio, although the sale has hit a snag. However, when the sale finally goes through, Attanasio will want a big name bopper to fill some of the seats at Miller Park while the Cubs aren't there.

Who better than Sammy? Sammy has performed well over the years at Miller Park and wouldn't have to move. The trade however would involve a restructuring of Sammy's current contract for another two years so he could retire as a Brewer. The negotiations will also call for Sammy to be allowed to arrive an hour late and leave an hour early for home games, in order to compensate for his longer commute.

... The Reds sosa_flag.jpg

"I'll give you my washed up overpaid outfielder if you'll give me yours," says Jim Hendry to Reds GM Dan O'Brien.

"Sure" says Dan O'Brien to Cubs GM Jim Hendry.

Sammy likes the trade because "He always wanted to play at The Great American Ballpark!"

Griffey for Sosa it is.

... The Astros

After missing out on Carlos Beltran, the Astros conveniently have $17 million burning a hole in their pocket. Furthermore, Astros owner Drayton McLane desperately wants to keep the seats full at the JuiceBox. So, Sammy Sosa is a good fit.

However, there are a few hold-ups to the deal. While the Astros don't mind taking on Sammy's salary, they don't want to give up much in return, especially to a team within their division. Jim Hendry has asked for two ten-packs of Minute Maid Apple Juice, and a big bottle of Hi-C.

But, the Astros are only willing to include the Hi-C if Sammy will legally change his name to 'Bammy Bosa.'

However, Sammy is waiting to hear back from commissioner Selig on whether or not the home runs he hits as 'Bammy Bosa' will count towards his quest for #756.

If the commissioner won't approve it, the Astros might be taking the field with the likes of Lance Serkman, Craig Siggio, and Jeff Sagwell in 2005.

My sources tell me this trade is highly complex and might take as long as the Randy Johnson marathon trade talks between the Yanks and D-Backs.

... The Cardinals

I heard that Tony LaRussa likes salsa music. So, its just a matter of time until either Larry Walker or Jim Edmonds is sent to Chicago for Sammy's Boombox and the salsa maestro himself.

OK, thats the NL Central! Sammy Has Left the Building! Thanks for coming to SammyStock 2004-2005!

SammyStock 2004! Day One - AL West.
SammyStock 2004! Day Two - AL Central.
SammyStock 2004! Day Three - AL East.
SammyStock 2004! Day Four - NL West.
SammyStock 2005! Day Five - NL East.

Posted by Byron at January 10, 2005 11:58 PM | Bookmark and Share | BallHype: hype it up!
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