Nomar Garciaparra is getting closer to deciding where he is going to play next year. "Nomar is very pleased to have several attractive options for next season," agent Arn Tellem said yesterday. "He is weighing all of them carefully and hopes to make the best decision for him and his family in the very near future." Garciaparra will likely make that decision early next week. The Yankees would like Garciaparra, 32, to play first base and DH. The Indians and Astros are looking at him as an outfielder and the Dodgers view him as a first base option. Garciaparra, who has a home in Manhattan Beach, Calif., met with Dodger brass for several hours yesterday. According to one of the teams interested, Garciaparra is looking for a base salary of $6 million with incentives after making $8.25 million last year with the Cubs when he was limited to 62 games because of a groin injury. "He is an offensive orientated free agent and we have interest," Astro GM Tim Purpura said via phone from Houston.
Garciaparra Decision Likely To Arrive Early Next Week