One of baseball's premier sluggers, Sosa announced on Friday that he will not opt out of the final two years of his four-year contract with the Cubs. He had until midnight Saturday to opt out of his deal and that netted him $16 million in 2004 and $18 million in 2005.
"I have said all along I wanted to remain a Cub forever," Sosa said. "We had such an exciting year in 2003, for both myself and for Cub fans everywhere. I am already looking forward to next season. I know with Dusty Baker as the manager and the direction our team is headed, it will be another exciting year."
The Cubs went from 67-95 in 2002 to 89 wins and a division title in 2003 -- Baker's first year.