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Degenerate39
11-20-2006, 09:02 AM
Garciaparra to stay with Dodgers

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press Writer
November 20, 2006

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Nomar Garciaparra is staying with the Los Angeles Dodgers, agreeing to a two-year contract.

The deal with the All-Star first baseman will be formally announced Monday, Dodgers spokesman Joe Jareck said Sunday night.


The 33-year-old Garciaparra won the NL comeback player of the year award last season, shifting to first base with the Dodgers.

Garciaparra, a two-time AL batting champion and six-time All-Star, hit .303 with 93 RBIs and 20 home runs for the Dodgers last season, matching J.D. Drew in homers for the team lead.

Last season, he earned $8.5 million, including $2.5 million in incentives. He signed a 1-year deal with the Dodgers last winter. Injuries limited him to a total of 82 games in the previous two years. He was slowed late in the season by quadriceps and oblique muscle injuries.

Garciaparra -- who grew up in nearby Whittier and graduated from St. John Bosco High in suburban Bellflower-- had said he was interested in staying with the Dodgers.

"I've loved every minute of it," he said last month.

Garciaparra became all the more attractive to the Dodgers after Drew opted out of the final three years of his contract earlier this month, making him eligible to become a free agent.

Drew, who turns 31 this month, hit .283 with 20 homers and a team-leading 100 RBIs last season -- his second with the Dodgers. He signed a five-year, $55 million contract on Dec. 23, 2004, and had been guaranteed $33 million over the next three years with Los Angeles.

Los Angeles was swept by the New York Mets in the first round of the playoffs and is 1-12 in the postseason since winning the 1988 World Series.

Garciaparra was AL Rookie of the Year in 1997 and won his first batting title in 1999. He was considered one of baseball's best shortstops for several years while playing with the Boston Red Sox.

Garciaparra hit .283 with nine homers and 30 RBIs for the Chicago Cubs two seasons ago, when he earned $8.25 million. With the Cubs, he tore his left groin running out of the batter's box in St. Louis in 2005 and was out for several months.

He missed 81 games in 2004 with three injuries -- to his Achilles' tendon, left wrist and right groin. And in 2001 with the Red Sox, he underwent surgery on his right wrist.

I'm not surprised to see him stay with LA.

Highlifeman21
11-20-2006, 09:24 AM
Pretty sure Mrs. Garciaparra likes the weather out there and wants to stay in that neck of the woods.

vaticanplum
11-20-2006, 07:50 PM
Pretty sure Mrs. Garciaparra likes the weather out there and wants to stay in that neck of the woods.

On a side note, Mrs. Garciaparra is pregnant with twins, so she's probably going to be miserable no matter where she is. L.A. is as good a place to be miserable as any.

remdog
11-20-2006, 08:11 PM
As opposed to the deal for Juan Pierre, I actually like this deal for the Dodgers. I just wish the Reds had the money to spend to bring in a 'Nomar' to fill the two years until Votto is ready. (My estimated arrival time, shrug.)

Rem

flyer85
11-20-2006, 08:13 PM
As opposed to the deal for Juan Pierre, I actually like this deal for the Dodgers. I just wish the Reds had the money to spend to bring in a 'Nomar' to fill the two years until Votto is ready. (My estimated arrival time, shrug.)

Remthis is not a bad one, although Nomar is a hige injury risk.

Joseph
11-20-2006, 08:35 PM
As opposed to the deal for Juan Pierre, I actually like this deal for the Dodgers. I just wish the Reds had the money to spend to bring in a 'Nomar' to fill the two years until Votto is ready. (My estimated arrival time, shrug.)

Rem

I think Votto is in Cincinnati in '07.

remdog
11-20-2006, 09:05 PM
I think Votto is in Cincinnati in '07.

IMO, he would have to show an increably fast learning curve to be a full-timer in '07 and the Reds under Krivsky have shown a propensity to have young players play everyday in the minors rather than ride the pine in Cincinnati.

I see Votto spending '07 at L'ville and doing just so-so. (I hope I'm wrong.) In '08 he starts in AAA and tears it up earning a mid-season promotion where he performs OK but isn't a full-timer. In '09 the Reds hand him first-base and it's his job to lose. Somewhat similar to the scenario that Enconarcion went through. But, I've been wrong before (except I can't remember if it was in '56 or '66....:laugh: )

Rem

Joseph
11-20-2006, 11:08 PM
Oh I don't mean starts the season, I just mean he's up in August or September and is the starter next year. Of course thats hopeful thinking.

TOBTTReds
11-21-2006, 01:26 AM
Oh I don't mean starts the season, I just mean he's up in August or September and is the starter next year. Of course thats hopeful thinking.

I agree. He'll take the same path as EdE, inlcuding being benched for a while despite playing well in 08 and Hatte will play.