11/03/2004: This is going to look distinctly weird if it comes to pass.....
According to a story in the New York Daily News, new free agent shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, formerly of the Red Sox and Cubs, has told friends that he's willing to consider a change of position to second or third base. The Daily News, of course, concludes that this makes a Yankees play for Nomar even more likely. But contemplate, for a minute, the result:
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?"
Len on 11.03.04 @ 06:18 AM CST