Garciaparra trade becoming reality

The Alex Rodriguez-for-Manny Ramirez trade would make Nomar Garciaparra expendable.

Updated: December 8, 2003, 10:24 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
There are some players one cannot imagine in any uniform but the one they wore their entire careers. Cal Ripken, Jr., Stan Musial, Carl Yastrzemski, Mickey Mantle, Bob Gibson, Brooks Robinson -- these are all players whom we identify with one team and one team only. I had always assumed that Nomar Garciaparra was going to be one of those players and for that I am feeling a bit foolish.

Why? Because as good as he is -- and he's Hall of Fame good -- the Red Sox have a chance to get somebody who's even better while at the same time removing a financial and emotional thorn in their side. The proposed Alex Rodriguez-for-Manny Ramirez trade appears to be very much in the works and that would make the honeymooning Nomar expendable.

Naturally, this has his agent, Arm Tellem, angry. "After all Nomar has done from the first day he stepped on the field for the Red Sox, to wake up on his honeymoon to read the paper and to see that John Henry is in direct talks with A-Rod is a total and complete slap in the face to Nomar," he told Shira Springer of the Boston Globe.

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