Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Whither Nomar?

According to Bill Shaikin at the L.A. Times:

Colletti said Arn Tellem, the agent for Garciaparra, told the Dodgers his client would be "open-minded" about "playing first base, third base, maybe the outfield." If Garciaparra returns, Colletti said he envisions him playing one or two positions but not moving around the field on a regular basis.

As with the previously mentioned Gagne conundrum, Nomar's case illustrates just how dispassionate an effective GM must be. And it's not as if Ned is working in a vacuum. You don't think that in the Dodger executive washroom—which, by the way, features Dodger blue urinal cakes—McCourt doesn't casually mention to Ned how good Gagne and Nomar would be for ticket sales?