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Rangers, Sosa agree to minor league deal

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Sammy Sosa and the Texas Rangers
wrapped up weeks of negotiations and agreed to a minor league
contract that is to be announced Tuesday.

Sosa, a 38-year-old who is fifth on the career list with 588
home runs, hasn't played in the major leagues since 2005. He will
have to go to spring training and earn his spot on the roster with
the Rangers, the team he began his career with in 1989.

Sosa wasn't scheduled to attend the news conference but was
expected to address the media by telephone.

He returned home to the Dominican Republic after his second
workout for the Rangers, two weeks ago in Texas. Sosa also worked
out for Texas in the Dominican Republic this month.

If Sosa turns out to be an every-day player for the Rangers this year, he would wind up earning $2.5 million, a baseball source who has seen the terms of Sosa's contract told ESPN.com's Jayson Stark.

Sosa would receive $500,000 if he's on the Opening Day roster and can make an additional $2 million if he reaches all his games-played and plate-appearance options. The only way he could make more than $2.5 million is through his awards package, which includes bonuses for Comeback Player of the Year and other major baseball awards.

"I'd love to have him hit fifth behind Mark Teixeira if he shows he can hit major league pitching," manager Ron Washington said, according to MLB.com. "As we get into spring training, his performance will show what we can do with him.

"He's looking for an opportunity to get back in the game. There are no promises -- he has to perform. If he does do that, we'll be happy to have him here. If he doesn't, then we'll have to make a decision."

In his career with the Rangers (1989), Chicago White Sox
(1989-91), Chicago Cubs (1992-2004) and Orioles, Sosa has batted
.274 with 1,575 RBIs and has hit 60 home runs or more in a year
three times.

Sosa last played for the Baltimore Orioles in 2005, when the
seven-time All-Star hit .221 with 14 homers and 45 RBIs in 102
games. His major league debut came with the Rangers in 1989, when
he played only 25 games before being traded to the Chicago White
Sox.

Sosa was the NL MVP in 1998, when he batted .308 with a
career-high 66 homers and 158 RBIs for the Cubs. That was the
season he was in the home run chase with Mark McGwire, who became
the first major leaguer to hit 70 homers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.