Nomar Garciaparra met with Los Angeles Dodgers executives Thursday and Friday, and is expected to decide soon on his future.
The 32-year-old Garciaparra also is considering the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros, but the Dodgers might have an advantage because Garciaparra and his wife, former soccer star Mia Hamm, live in suburban Manhattan Beach.
“Nomar continues to talk with players, friends and family members,” Garciaparra’s agent, Arn Tellem, said in an e-mail Friday. “He is weighing his options carefully and while he has no plans on making a decision today, he intends to do so in the near future.”
Garciaparra and Tellem met Thursday with Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, general manager Ned Colletti and senior vice president Tom Lasorda.
“We met again today. He came out again today with Mia,” Colletti said on a conference call late Friday. “I can tell you from my perspective both meetings were very good. They took the time to come out here two days in a row.”
Colletti told reporters Wednesday he had made an offer to Garciaparra. When asked if he was optimistic, Colletti replied: “I don’t have any comment on that. I don’t get optimistic until a player signs. Too many things happen.”
He lives there. Little and Mueller are there – Lowe too. He’s going to decide soon – and has met with the Dodgers twice now (whereas he’s never met in person with the Yankees). It’s not going to happen in New York. Nomar will be a Dodger in 2006. The Yankees better start thinking about their next plan.