Jim Caple on the A-Rod/Nomar negotiations:
Nomar Garciaparra is a Boston icon who hit .301 with 28 home runs, 120 runs and 105 RBI last year. He's a career .323 hitter (highest average for a right-handed hitter since Joe DiMaggio). He's signed through next season. He wants to come back so badly that he called a Boston talk show from his honeymoon in Hawaii to make his feelings public. So naturally, the Red Sox want to trade him away and replace him with someone who will cost them $8 million to $10 million a year more.
Red Sox GM Theo Epstein said Boston's first choice was to sign Nomar to a deal that made sense for both sides. If so, why alienate him by openly negotiating for a rival player?
(And just an aside here, but what's up with Nomar calling talk radio from his honeymoon? Mia had to love that.
Mia: Isn't this great, sweetie? Walking along the Hawaiian sands under a full moon, a cool Pacific wave washing over our ankles, tiki torches burning along the beach, the smell of jasmine in the air and a steel guitar playing "It's a Wonderful World'' -- it doesn't get any better than this. I'm so happy that I'm going to spend the rest of my life with you.
Nomar: What was that, honey? I'm on hold with the Mad Dog.)