SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Sammy Sosa wants to
play in the majors next year, provided a team offers him a contract
for at least $7 million.
Sosa hit 21 home runs with 92 RBIs this season with Texas. He
sat out in 2006, the Rangers gave him a $500,000, one-year
contract, and he made $1.35 million more in performance bonuses.
"I feel victorious, and I think I proved that I have what it
takes to stay in the major leagues," he said at a news conference.
The 38-year-old outfielder said he expects several offers next
week when teams begin negotiations with free agents. Sosa had
recently said he wanted to be back with Texas next year.
Sosa finished the year with 609 home runs. He was the fifth
player to reach 600, joining Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and
"If they let me, I will reach 700," he said.
Sosa did not see a lot of action after the All-Star game.
"It was devastating when manager Ron Washington called me into
his office and told me they were going to cut back my playing
time," he said. "My reaction was to go home and quit."
Sosa finished with a .252 average in 114 games, including 87
starts as a designated hitter.