Joe Nocera, the New York Times' best business columnist, is moving to the op-ed page, Jeff Bercovici reports. Nocera and Paul Krugman together would be a strong team to battle the WSJ. Plus, op-ed's easier for conflicts of interest. (Updated)

UPDATE: NYT VP of corporate communications Eileen Murphy tells us, "We have nothing to report re. Joe Nocera." One could point out that in most cases, that is PR-speak for "it's true but we're not ready to formally announce it."