Given the chance that Nomar Garciaparra might join the 2006 Yankees, I decided to take a closer look at his career numbers – to determine which modern batters were like him (to date) in terms of relative production at the same age (with the hope to see if any “like batters” still had some juice in their bat after they turned thirty). Thanks to the Sabermetric Baseball Encyclopedia, this is what I found:
I like the David Justice and Jim Edmonds “comps” found here as they also (like Nomar) had some injury speed bumps before their 31st birthdays. And, both of them were able to post some decent years with the bat between ages 32 and 34. This tells me that it would not be without precedent to see someone like Nomar rebound at age 32 to have a decent season with the stick.
If the price is right, and it’s nothing more than one or two years on the deal, the Yankees should make a run at Garciaparra – it’s not as big a risk as I once thought.