The Cubs were finally able to dump Sammy Sosa, sending him to Baltimore. Dan has written a great analysis of the deal.
I find it unfortunate that Sammy fell out of favor with the Cubs so quickly. So much so that it clouded their judgement when trying to dump him. It is reported that the Cubs offered to pay Sammy's entire salary for 2005 if the Royals would take him in exchange for close Jeremy Affeldt. Royals GM Allard Baird refused of course since he's not willing to trade his youth for a short term fix with an aging veteran.
I'm not entirely familiar with the deal with the Orioles, but on the surface, it doesn't sound like the Cubs got much in return for Sammy.
Let's just hope Sammy can put the O's over the hump and knock the Yankees out of the race.