Scott Lauber of the Wilmington News Journal spoke with Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. Thursday afternoon. Amaro reaffirmed the club’s interest in Nomar Garciaparra, but said he doesn’t expect an answer from the free agent infielder until spring training begins.
Garciaparra is supposedly considering retirement due to health issues. "Nomar has been great through the whole process, but he doesn’t want to put our team in a position to bring on a player who may not be prepared to perform at his accustomed level," Amaro said. "But if we can bring Nomar in and give him an opportunity to be in camp, if he feels like he’s healthy enough to do that, it gives us more depth."
Amaro said he’s "not sure" if Nomar would be willing to accept a minor league contract if he does decide to play this year.