Nationals general manager Jim Bowden said Tuesday the team has offered Sosa a major-league contract and is waiting to see if the seven-time All-Star accepts it. The deal is believed to be for only one year and laden with incentives.
It does not guarantee Sosa a spot on the team and the Nationals would only have to pay a 30-day contract termination fee if Sosa does not make the Opening Day roster.
The Nationals previously had offered the free-agent outfielder a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, but Sosa wanted a big-league deal.
Bowden made it clear that, with its latest concession, Washington has done all it can to sign Sosa, who is 37 years old and coming off his worst season since becoming a full-time starter. When asked what the chances are that Sosa will be in a Nationals uniform this season, Bowden said, "You'll have to ask Sammy."