Ken Rosenthal has it all, first about Nomar:
Add the National League champion Astros to the list of teams interested in free agent Nomar Garciaparra. The Astros would play Garciaparra in left field. He also could serve as a backup for shortstop Adam Everett. ... The Braves, Yankees, Blue Jays, Indians, Dodgers and Orioles are among the other clubs interested in Garciaparra.With a list like that, I suppose my initial estimation that Nomar would be affordable (say, a one-year deal with a base of $3-5m with incentives pushing it another $3-5m up, maybe with playing time vesting a 2007 option) is wrong. Somebody on this list (cough) will overpay for him, and Melvin (wisely) won't be in the bidding at that point. Also, from Ken, news on Bill Mueller, who may end up in St. Louis instead of Pittsburgh:
The Pirates plan to extend a three-year offer to free-agent third baseman Bill Mueller, envisioning an infield of Sean Casey at first, Jose Castillo at second, Jack Wilson at short and Mueller at third. Of course, Mueller still might prefer the Giants, Dodgers or even a second-base position with the Cardinals, leaving Freddy Sanchez as the Pirates' incumbent at third.Nothing Pittsburgh does, short of selling the team to Mark Cuban and trading prospects for Manny Ramirez and Miguel Tejada, worries me much. But Mueller could make an impact in St. Louis--he'd be an improvement over Grudzielanek at the plate (.369 OBP to .334 last year). The Cardinals could be well on their way to putting together the first 95-win team with out any corner outfielders.