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Postby ZAZ » Wed Dec 14, 2005 12:41 pm

My biggest complaint with this deal if it goes down is that the Yankees have always played the longest games in baseball as it is. If Nomar is in the lineup he will make the average game become about 5 hours long now with all his crap at the plate :-P

However, I love the possibilities if they get him cheap, he stays heathly and plays great, and the Red Sox fans then go nuts. :-B
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Postby mweir145 » Wed Dec 14, 2005 2:42 pm

TheYanks04 wrote:Well if this is all they are talking about, I will withdraw my criticsim of the idea. 1 year 4 M is worth the gamble I suppose.

Would he take a paycut to play with the Yankees? I read the Jays offered him 2 years-10 million (and Ricciardi backed off because the market price was going over that). That's a whole lot of money to turn down, if that report from the Post is in fact correct.
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Postby BronXBombers51 » Wed Dec 14, 2005 3:35 pm

mweir145 wrote:
TheYanks04 wrote:Well if this is all they are talking about, I will withdraw my criticsim of the idea. 1 year 4 M is worth the gamble I suppose.

Would he take a paycut to play with the Yankees? I read the Jays offered him 2 years-10 million (and Ricciardi backed off because the market price was going over that). That's a whole lot of money to turn down, if that report from the Post is in fact correct.


I doubt it but I guess there's a chance. I know he, Jeter and A-Rod were all great friends when they were the top 3 SS in the league, and I'd imagine it remains that way now (at least when Nomar is involved, not sure how close A-Rod and Jeter are anymore.) Maybe he feels NY is the best shot he has to win or that 1 good year in a city like New York will put him back on the map as a big-money player?

Either way, 1 year $4 million is a must-sign. I'd be iffy about going too much higher though.
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Postby mweir145 » Wed Dec 14, 2005 11:08 pm

ESPN wrote:Nomar to the Yankees? Nomar to the Dodgers? Nomar to the Indians?

You've heard the rumors. The question marks surrounding them could disappear as soon as Thursday.

Nomar Garciaparra's agent, Arn Tellem, told ESPN.com Wednesday that Garciaparra hopes to make a decision on his next destination "by the end of the week," and might decide as early as Thursday.

Garciaparra, who is testing free agency for the second straight winter, is "zeroing in on four teams," Tellem said. The Yankees, Indians and Astros are known to be three of them.

The Dodgers could be the fourth. They were thought to be turning in a different direction after reeling in free-agent third baseman Bill Mueller on Wednesday. But two baseball men said later Wednesday they believe the Dodgers are still interested in Garciaparra at first base, left field or possibly both.

Garciaparra is now at the stage where he's "an active participant in the process," Tellem said. "He's talking directly to these teams about baseball issues, trying to get a feel for where he'd be most comfortable." Tellem said Garciaparra has had conversations with managers and general managers of each of the remaining teams on his list.

Although dollars and his future position are, obviously, major factors in the decision, Garciaparra's main concern is "the baseball situation," Tellem said.

"It's the opportunity, the chance it could turn into something long-term, the comfort level," Tellem said. "There are a lot of personal things that go into it."

Tellem would not identify any of the teams still alive and declined to talk about Garciaparra's potential contract terms. However, it's believed he is willing to take a one-year deal for between $6 million and $8 million, plus incentives.

A trickier question, though, is where he would play for each of these teams.

The Yankees view him as a guy who could bounce between first base and DH, but also would occasionally play third and short to give Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter a day off.

The Indians want him to play right field, a position he never has played at any level.

In Houston, he has been told he would play left field, Tellem said, because the Astros' infield is set. However, an official of one club that has spoken with the Astros said this week there is a possibility they could trade shortstop Adam Everett in the right deal. So potentially, that could create the option of using Garciaparra at shortstop. But that seems unlikely.

While Garciaparra has no professional experience at any outfield position, "he feels that, athletically, he can play any position," Tellem said.

Nevertheless, the position factor is "something he's going to weigh," Tellem said. "As he starts getting more focused on a decision, sure, that could be a factor. But at this point, I really don't know how much of a factor."

Jayson Stark is a senior writer for ESPN.com.


Yeah, the Jays certainly couldn't have afforded to give him 6-8 million. :-/
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