No More Nomar?
The word is that the Oakland A’s are interested in Nomar Garciaparra.
The Phillies have been interested in Garciaparra for some time, but the feeling I get is that he isn’t coming to Philadelphia.
“We’re not going to get into a bidding war with the A’s,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said today. “He knows what our parameters would be.”
Those parameters are believed to be modest.
But what about free agent lefthanders like Joe Beimel and Will Ohman? They’re still on the market, and the Phillies could use another lefthander.
“If they get to the point where they would take something that is extremely modest, then we’d still be in it,” Amaro said. “But they’d have to take something that’s very, very modest because, frankly, we don’t have any money to play with right now.”
Amaro wouldn’t say what “modest” means, but it’s safe to say it’s less than $1 million.
If the Phillies are looking for another lefthanded arm to have in camp, lefthander Mike Bacsik is looking for a job. He pitched for triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2005, so he has familiarity with the Phillies’ organization and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who he also knew in Cleveland.
“My connection to Charlie and the organization makes the idea of being part of the Phillies organization enticing,” Bacsik said. “My ability to start or relieve could possibly serve a need the organization has from the left side. I spent most of 2007 pitching in the big leagues with Washington and would welcome a trip back to the NL East.”
Ryan Madson changed numbers. He wears No. 46 after wearing No. 63.
“I needed a change,” Madson said. “(President Barack) Obama said it’s time for change.”