• Nomar’s Coming?

    Posted by on December 13th, 2005 · Comments (3)

    From the Post:

    Three years ago the odds of Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Nomar Garciaparra together in the Yankees’ infield were as long as a Beatles reunion.

    Today, it’s moving toward even money. That’s because the Yankees are considering signing the 32-year-old Garciaparra to play first base.

    While GM Brian Cashman and agent Arn Tellem refused to confirm or deny an offer has been made by the Yankees to Garciaparra, several industry sources indicated an offer has been made.

    I used to say “In baseball, anything can happen, if you would have told me in 1986 that Strawberry and Gooden would play for the Yankees in the future, I would have said you were nuts.” Now, I’ll have to say, “If you would have told me in 1999 that A-Rod, Jeter and Nomar would all be playing in the Yankees infield together, I would have said you were nuts.”

    Can Nomar play 1B? I would say no question – yes. Can Nomar still hit? No, there is a huge question about his ability to hit. And, we know asking Giambi to D.H. full-time is a big mistake.

    Why not just sign Nomar to an incentive deal and let him D.H. – to help prevent him getting injured? Nah, it makes too much sense.

    Comments on Nomar’s Coming?

    1. Raf
      December 13th, 2005 | 9:16 am

      Provided his legs are healthy, I’d put Nomah in a supersub role. Haven’t had that here since Velarde left town

    2. Jason O.
      December 13th, 2005 | 10:14 am

      SL, let me frame the question this way:

      What’s the probability that Nomar can still add value with the bat, i.e., put up a line close to his post groin injury line last year?

      My feeling is 75%. Granted this is unscientific but I don’t believe he’s lost all of his MVP caliber talent in 24 months.

      2004: Red Sox drama. It’s perfectly understandable that he feels as if he was screwed by the Red Sox a la the Patriots and Bledsoe, that is, cast aside by the team on the verge of winning after years of good results. (Do you think NG might have just a little motivation to be a Red Sox killer if he were to don the pinstripes??)

      2005: Groin Injury. Enough said.

      I like Nomar, I thought he was treated shabbily by Boston and I think he would be an asset to the Yanks. He has the demonstrated potential to be a Shawn Chacon-type coup for Cashman.

    3. December 13th, 2005 | 10:40 am

      I thought the supersub role was what he would be offered as well, and that it included some time in the outfield. Why first base? This makes no sense.

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