A phone call from Joe Torre and a chance to re- ignite a career in New York wasn?t enough to entice Nomar Garciaparra to join the Yankees. Last night, the former Red Sox shortstop agreed in principle to a one-year deal with the Dodgers worth $6 million in base salary. The 32-year-old will play first base. According to a plate-appearance incentive, Garciaparra could earn more than $8 million next year. He made $8.25 million last year for the Cubs when he played in only 62 games due to a severe left-groin injury. According to sources, agent Arn Tellem in formed the Yankees, Astros and Indians last night that Garciaparra wasn?t going to be joining them. Torre called Garcia parra last week to make sure he knew the Yankees were interested. However, Garciaparra had concerns about the New York media after an up-and-down relationship with the Boston media. Garciaparra?s decision to play in Los Angeles, where he has a home and will be reunited with former Red Sox manager Grady Little and third baseman Bill Mueller, is a blow to the Yankees. New York believed he was a good fit to its lineup since the Yankees would have played him at first base and moved Jason Giambi to DH.
Nomar Agrees To Deal With Dodgers