LOS ANGELES -- Free agent infielder Nomar Garciaparra has agreed to terms to join the Dodgers, according to reports by ESPN and the New York Post.
A club official on Sunday would not confirm the report.
Garciaparra, 32, is expected to be the No. 5 hitter and first baseman in a dramatically rebuilt infield. New general manager Ned Colletti previously signed Garciaparra's former Boston Red Sox teammate, Bill Mueller, to play third base and former Atlanta Brave Rafael Furcal to bat leadoff and play shortstop, joining holdover All-Star second baseman and cleanup hitter Jeff Kent.
The Dodgers aggressively pursued Garciaparra for his bat, not his glove. The most critical current need, in the view of Colletti, is a fifth hitter to bat behind Kent, their only consistent run producer in 2005. Garciaparra, a five-time All-Star, is considered by Colletti to be the best available candidate.
With the recent acquisition of Garciaparra, and the recent contract signing of Bill Muller, Giants fans start to get nervous about their chances for next season.
The Dodgers are quickly building their team back up, and with big stars as well. Not only has these two acquisitions given the Dodgers a big boots, but rumors are floating around that veteran first basemen and ex-Giant J.T. Snow may be signing a one year deal with the Dodgers before he retires, which would devastate most Giants fans. It would of been the second Nor-Cal betrayal since Ned Colletti, the assistant GM for the Giants, left San Fran to work as the new GM for the LA Dodgers.