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Nationals Offer Sammy Sosa a Contract

February 9, 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Washington Nationals have offered a non-guaranteed, incentive-laden major league contract to Sammy Sosa, assistant general manager Tony Siegle said Wednesday.

The offer is the latest attempt by the Nationals to persuade Sosa to join the team. They previously had offered the slugger a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

The Nationals were awaiting a response from Sosa, who ranks seventh on the career home run list with 574. He hit .221 with 14 homers and 45 RBIs last year in his only season with the Baltimore Orioles.

The Nationals also agreed to an $850,000, one-year contract with Matthew LeCroy, who gives the team depth at catcher and first base.

LeCroy hit .263 with 58 home runs and 209 RBIs in 430 games over six seasons with Minnesota. He batted .260 with 17 home runs and 50 RBIs last season and had a career-high .354 on-base percentage.

LeCroy can earn $250,000 in performance bonuses: $25,000 for 80 games and each additional five games through 115, and $50,000 for 120 games.

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