If healthy, Garciaparra should help Dodgers

Once considered to be among the game's elite players, Nomar Garciaparra will enter 2006 seeking to regain his former status.

Originally Published: February 1, 2006
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

It seems hard to believe, but only three seasons ago, Nomar Garciaparra was rightfully considered one of the game's best players, and certainly one of the two or three best shortstops in baseball.

But since the end of the 2003 season, Garciaparra has changed teams and positions twice, rejected a four-year, $60 million deal and been sidelined by injuries.

Traded by the Boston Red Sox with two months remaining in the 2004 season, he watched his former teammates celebrate a World Series ...

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