ESPN is reporting that SS Nomar Garciaparra has consented to a one-year, $8 million deal to return to the Chicago Cubs in 2005. Meaning Nomar can endure another full year of speculation about his next destination.

(Garciaparra accepting the “Negotiator Of The Year” award on behalf of agent Arn Tellem)

The Cubs are also said to be close to signing 2B Todd Walker.