I’d say it’s just chatter. Does it really make sense? Foulke and Williamson essentially cancel each other out. So what you have is the Red Sox dealing Manny and Nomar for A-Rod and Eckstein. Is that a net gain? A-Rod is an improvement over Nomar at short, but Manny for Eckstein is a massive drop in production. Instead of facing Nomar and Manny back-to-back, pitchers will now just have to deal with A-Rod. Who would fill the left field void? I know Nomar swings at too many first pitches, and I know he had a terrible post-season, and I know his numbers outside Fenway drop. But he is, in the end, a 5-tool player, and he’s the heart of the Sox (well, maybe that’s Varitek). It would be sad to see him leave Boston, and I think Boston fans would come to regret his departure. And frankly, so would Yankee fans: Derek needs his Nomar.
Posted by YF on 12/4/2003 09:41:54 PM