Sunday, January 18, 2004
Shortstop holds no ill will toward Sox, Millar
EASTON, Mass. -- Nomar Garciaparra said attempts by the Red Sox to land shortstop Alex Rodriguez, a move that would have sent Boston's current shortstop to the Chicago White Sox, were "unfortunate," but he wasn't hurt by the team's actions.
"I know baseball is a business. I'm not thinking about it, one way or another," he said Saturday during his annual hitting clinic for
children at Stonehill College. "I've always said there are things
in baseball you can control, and things you can't. I'm focusing on
what I can control, like getting ready for the upcoming season."
One of the reasons the Red Sox went after Rodriguez is that Garciaparra is in the last year of his contract and turned down the team's offer of a four-year, $60 million deal, which was then reduced to a four-year, $48 million offer.
Garciaparra, citing a privacy agreement between his representatives and the team, refused to discuss details of negotiations.
"It's really up to them right now," he said. "The ball is kind of in their court. My goal all along is to win a World Series. A lot of [the trade talk] was unfortunate."
With the Manny Ramirez-Rodriguez deal apparently dead, Red Sox ownership has since tried to assure Garciaparra that he is part of the team's plans for the future.
he All-Star shortstop also said he harbors no ill
will toward teammate Kevin Millar, who said he would rather have
Rodriguez than Garciaparra.
"Kevin and I are fine," he said. "We're good friends. He told
me he's just going to buy me a lot of dinners."
Ramirez is also happy to still be a member of the Red Sox, one of his agents told the Boston Globe. Ramirez talked to Red Sox owner John Henry during the A-Rod negotiations to say he wanted to stay in Boston.
"He called John Henry and told him he didn't want to be traded," Miami-based agent Gene Mato said. "John's been great with Manny. Manny likes him a lot."