I asked one assistant general manager at the GM meetings what sort of interest there was in Garciaparra. He replied, “I haven’t heard a lot. I don’t know anybody who’s looking at him as an answer at shortstop. He’s more of a third baseman or left fielder now.”
I would not write off the guy that quickly. I realize his body has been beaten up the past two years and that he was never Mr. Reliable at shortstop. But did you notice how Garciaparra hit when he came back from the groin injury last season? His second-half (.318/.347/.531) was nearly in lock step with his career numbers (.320/.367/.544). Garciaparra still can hit, though probably not at the MVP-caliber level he did in his glory days. He’s also very athletic, in the way of Robin Yount, which is why I don’t think it’s crazy for the Yankees to consider him as a center fielder. George Steinbrenner always has liked Garciaparra, and don’t you think he’d love to have Jeter, A-Rod and Nomar on the same team?
The last time Nomar was a healthy player was 2003. The last time that Nomar was a great hitter was 2000. Heck, the last time he was an above average batter was 2003. He’s never played a big league game in the OF in his life.
This makes about as much sense as trading for Edgardo Alfonzo and converting him to CF. Pass.