Padres Rumor Central

Mia Hamm married Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra in Santa Barbara, Calif., last Saturday. Garciaparra has made it known that he would like to head back to California after his contract ends this year. What does that have to do with the San Diego Padres?

Channel 56 in Boston is reportedly floating a rumor that has shortstop Nomar Garciaparra leaving the Red Sox and eventually ending up in San Diego to play for the Padres. Alex Rodriguez would go to Boston and Manny Ramirez would go to Texas. Who then would the Padres have to give up?

We were unable to confirm these rumors as calls to station were not returned at the time of this printing.

Ken Rosenthal on Sporting News Radio said he thought Manny Ramirez and Nomar Garciaparra were going to be traded in a deal for Alex Rodriguez. That much is true. Larry Lucchino was said to be in San Diego for Thanksgiving and it is reported he had dinner with Kevin Towers.

The question remains:

Is San Diego the right fit in this three way deal?

Texas is in need of pitching and last time we looked the Padres were looking for pitching as well. The Padres have a solid lineup after the acquisition of Ramon Hernandez and it seems to make little sense to trade Adam Eaton, Jake Peavy or Brian Lawrence. They are all reasonably priced and with payroll concerns always on the mind of Padres management, Nomar and his $11 million would make acquiring a front of the rotation near impossible.

Then there is the issue of Nomar entering his contract year. If a deal were to go down, the Padres would likely want a window of opportunity to work out an extension.

What chips do the Padres have to trade? If they are sending someone to Boston it would be to plug their holes at second base and left field. Therefore, Jake Gautreau, Xavier Nady, Terrence Long and a host of others could be potentially gone. Odds are Josh Barfield would be the only player exempt from such a deal.

Sending players to Texas is a little trickier. It is not hard to envision Khalil Greene going to the Rangers, but looking at pitching it gets a little less clear. Ben Howard, Dennis Tankersley, Kevin Jarvis and more would be candidates. Front line starters would likely not be included for the reason mentioned above.

The other question:

Is San Diego prepared to take on salary of other clubs to make this deal work and therefore would give up less in return. Both teams have felt handcuffed by the deals of their superstars, Ramirez and A-Rod, but does that mean San Diego is taking on the extra $11 million.

This deal is more complicated than it appears, even at first glance. The Angels are said to be interested in both players and the Dodgers appear to be a better fit.

With concerns on the pitching front the primary focus in San Diego, this rumor needs to attach a few bricks to it before it has any weight.

Pitching still wins Championships and while the move will certainly be a splash of enormous proportions, it does nothing to bring a front line starter in here.

If the Padres are serious about spending money, a Kevin Millwood, Bartolo Colon deal would make more sense.

Rumors are just that – rumors. Even if the story is confirmed, it does not make it happen.

Other Notes:

Rod Beck was offered a one year contract worth $1.5 million from the Padres.

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