Perhaps enjoying the perverse notion that Derek Jeter could start at short despite being the 3rd best defensive player at that position on the New York roster, free agent Nomar Garciaparra is supposedly manuvering for a move to the Yankees and a switch to 2B. The Daily News’ Anthony McCarron explains.
All-star shortstop Nomar Garciaparra has told friends he would be open to a position change to either second base or third, which could open the way for the Yankees to pursue the free agent as a second baseman.
The Yankees’ top offseason priority is improving their starting pitching, but if they signed Garciaparra to play second, they would have all of the famed “three shortstops” playing in the same infield – Garciaparra at second, Alex Rodriguez at third and Derek Jeter, who won his first Gold Glove yesterday, at short.
“Obviously, his preference is short, but he’s open to third or second,” a friend of Garciaparra’s said. “He could play either one and he’d be happy to play either one. He’s comfortable playing any of those positions.
“That would be something, wouldn’t it, the holy trinity of shortstops on the same team?”
The friend said Garciaparra would have no trouble playing in New York or making a position change. “Given all he’s been through, I don’t think he’d have a problem dealing with anything,” the friend said.
I don’t see any reason why the Yankees need to stop stockpiling All-Star shortstops. Miguel Tejada in right field? Edgar Renteria at first?