Nomar Garciaparra will announce his retirement from baseball Wednesday in Fort Myers, Fla, according to reports. Garciaparra, 36, is expected to sign a one-day minor-league contract with the Boston Red Sox and then retire to begin work as a TV analyst, the Boston Globe reported.
Garciaparra played for the Red Sox from 1996 to 2004, when he was traded to the Cubs. He was a five-time All-Star in Boston and the AL Rookie of the Year in 1997.
Garciaparra, who is married to former U.S. national soccer team hero Mia Hamm, hit .281 for Oakland last season and drew little offseason interest as a free agent.