Garciaparra may be headed to Chicago

Should the A-Rod/Ramirez deal go through, Boston will ship Nomar Garciaparra to Chicago for Magglio Ordonez.

Updated: December 17, 2003, 10:00 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
With Alex Rodriguez meeting with Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, it is looking more and more like the historic A-Rod-for-Manny Ramirez swap is going to become a reality. The inevitable other-shoe-dropping portion of the deal -- the clearing out of incumbent shortstop Nomar Garciaparra -- appears to be taking on a new twist, however.

Magglio Ordonez
Magglio Ordonez has hit safely in nine of his first 12 games this season, and also has hit four home runs.
Newsday is reporting that the White Sox and Red Sox are on the verge of a talent swap of nearly epic proportions. Should the A-Rod/Ramirez deal go through, the Red Sox will then turn around and ship incumbent shortstop Nomar Garciaparra to Chicago for Magglio Ordonez. Scott Williamson will also be sent Chicago's way and a couple of minor leaguers will go to Boston to round out the deal.

There is a marked contrast in the salaries and durations of contracts in the two deals. Between them, Rodriguez and Ramirez are owed $275 million and are under contract for another dozen years. On the other hand, Garciaparra and Ordonez are owed a little less than ten percent of that amount and each have one year left on their contracts. Newsday writes that the White Sox are confident they can get Garciaparra inked to a long-term deal.

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