MLB Rumors: Nomar Garciaparra to Philadelphia?

Ryan CallahanAnalyst IJanuary 11, 2009

Nomar Garciaparra has not yet decided on his future in baseball, but the Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly interested in his services.

Although they have not made an offer to Garciaparra, the Phillies are interested in him as a bench player and will make an offer if Garciaparra is interested.

Phillies' starting second baseman Chase Utley may begin the season on the DL. Garciaparra could also steal some bats away from third baseman Pedro Feliz, whose hitting leaves something to be desired. The Phillies could be a bit thin in the infield. Nomar would provide depth if Jimmy Rollins were to get injured.

Garciaparra has spent 12 seasons in the majors with the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. He played in 55 games last season and 43 hits, eight home runs, and 28 RBIs while batting .264.

His career is on the downswing, and he is looking for a place to revive his career. The Phillies made him look foolish in their series against the Dodgers this past playoffs.

Injuries were an issue for him this past season, but if he can stay healthy, he will be a solid addition for the Phillies. He could also provide some good veteran leadership that the Phillies' lost when they chose to let Pat Burrell walk.