The inside perspective from those who watched Sammy Sosa practice during the time of his workout for the Rangers is that while he may be in decent shape for a 38-year-old, Sosa still has a way to go to cut down on his big swing, which with lost bat speed leaves him slow to turn on a fastball.
Sosa -- fifth all-time with 588 career homers -- put up decent numbers as recently as 2003, when he hit .279 with 40 longballs for the Cubs. But age, a couple of stints on the disabled list and a general loss of confidence had left him a shadow of his former self when he last played for Baltimore in 2005, hitting just .221 with 14 homers in less than 400 plate appearances.
Still, at a mere $500,000, Sosa appears to be worth a flyer, especially considering that all he must do is hit left-handed pitching as the Rangers primary right-handed designated hitter. Anything more would be gravy.