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Garciaparra / Rodriguez trade rumored again

Rumors that the Red Sox are considering trading shortstop Nomar Garciaparra in a three-team deal that would result in Texas Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez coming to Boston are back on the front burner today.

New York Newsday has posted a story on its website quoting sources that the Rangers have discussed a trade with the Sox and the Anaheim Angels in which the Rangers would send A-Rod to Boston, the Red Sox would ship Nomar to Anaheim, and Anaheim would send shortstop David Eckstein and a few pitchers to Texas.

Buzz around a Garciaparra / Rodriguez trade of some sort is not new. Earlier this month, Boston Globe senior baseball writer Gordon Edes floated the idea in his Baseball Notes column. Anaheim and Texas sportswriters also have written about similar trade scenarios.

Some have speculated that Garciaparra might not oppose the trade because after he and soccer star Mia Hamm marry, they want to build a home in the West.

Today's Newsday story was reported from Phoenix, where Major League Baseball general managers are holding a three-day meeting.

The Rangers apparently are anxious to unload Rodriguez and his salary, the highest in baseball at $252 million over 10 years. Rodriguez also seems amenable to going elsewhere, and Newsday quotes a source close to the 28-year-old Rodriguez as saying the idea of playing in Boston intrigues him.

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