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Furcal decision probably coming next week

Posted on: November 24, 2008 5:55 pm

In the midst of a wide-ranging flurry of reports Monday, the agent for shortstop Rafael Furcal said that he continues talking with a handful of teams and would like to "narrow it down" this week.

However, Paul Kinzer said that "narrow it down" doesn't necessarily mean sign with a club, something that might not happen until next week.

"We're still talking to three teams," Kinzer said. "We'll try and narrow it down this week."

Oakland and San Francisco remain the most aggressive clubs pursuing Furcal.

Kinzer said there are also "two" other teams who continue to seriously discuss the free-agent shortstop, though he said he promised at least one of them that he would not disclose the club's name.

Kinzer called inaccurate a report from the Dominican newspaper El Caribe that Oakland had offered four years and $48 million.

"Those numbers, those aren't the exact numbers," said Kinzer, who said Furcal has a four-year offer on the table from a team other than Oakland.

It is believed that the Athletics may have a three-year offer to Furcal with a vesting option for a fourth year.

Atlanta and the Chicago Cubs also are believed to have expressed interest. The Braves are on hold, though, as long as trade talks with San Diego regarding Jake Peavy remain at a standstill. Atlanta's pursuit of Furcal is contingent on whether the Braves trade shortstop Yunel Escobar to the Padres as part of a package for Peavy.

Based on where the free agent talks and contract terms currently are, the Los Angeles Dodgers, with whom Furcal played for the past three seasons, currently are not serious players for Furcal barring a dramatic shift, according to the agent.

"That's possible, but there's still time," Kinzer said.

As colleague Danny Knobler noted in a blog post earlier Monday, the Dodgers would like to retain Furcal but so far haven't been willing to offer him four years. The Dodgers have been attempting to limit their long-term commitments with several young players on the verge of arbitration.

"We aren't going to make a decision this week," Kinzer continued. "We're going to narrow it down to a couple of teams and see where it goes from there."


Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: November 25, 2008 12:57 pm

Furcal decision probably coming next week

I don't know, Furcal is going to be expensive and he has had injury problems for a while.  I wouldn't want to risk the type of money Furcal will demand on a middle infielder with back problems.

Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: November 25, 2008 12:09 pm

Furcal decision probably coming next week

I think it is really good that the A's are deciding to actually be buyers now. Trading for Holliday was the first huge move and it gave them a huge middle of the lineup hitter (especially now the Chavez just can't hit like I use to). And now trying to get Furcal is going to be huge if they can land him. It will be a perfect person for the top of their lineup and add some much needed speed. It will also allow them to trade Bobby Crosby and pick up some possible players for the future (which goes right into there usual style of building a lot through younger players). It will be interesting to see if they are able to do both build from the young and add some important pieces through others to make big impacts like some other teams do. If they are able to do that they will be a tough team in the AL for the next few years to come.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2008 1:39 am

Furcal decision probably coming next week

Furcal should be at the top of every team who needs a SS's wish list.  I realize he's an injury risk but look at the other options.  Would you rather pay Furcal $12 million a year or Renteria, who hit .239 against righties last year $8 million?  Would you really rather risk $8-10 million a year on Orlando Cabrera?  Other than that you have a bunch of utility men and defensive specialists.  Any NL team that expects to contend shouldn't have a guy with no bat hitting in front of the pitcher, and settling for anything less than Furcal would leave some teams with 3 easy outs at the bottom of the lineup.

I think a lot of teams should be inquiring on Brandon Wood and Reid Brignac right now.  Pairing a young prospect with a cheap defensive option is probably a better idea than investing in Renteria or Cabrera for the teams that lose out on Furcal.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2008 8:53 pm

Furcal decision probably coming next week

Beroa is not even an option for the Dodgers as a full time SS. If they had lots of  power hitters or RBi guys , maybe he could be a decent backup, as he was this season. He 's not a good leadoff guy , is not a basestealer and the Dodgers need to bring in afar btter replacement to Furcal if they don't resign him.


Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: November 24, 2008 7:32 pm

Dodgers and Furcal

It will be interesting to see what the Dodgers do here. I can understand why they don't want to offer Rafael Furcal four years. He's battled injuries his entire time in Los Angeles, the latest being a back injury, which is not good for a middle infielder shagging ground balls all day.

I'm a little surprised to see the A's as one of the leading bidders. They typically trade a guy as soon as he wants a big contract. Eric Chavez was the last guy I remember them signing to a big deal and that one hasn't worked out so well.

If the Dodgers don't re-sign Raffy, they either live with Angel Berroa as a low-cost replacement or have to go out and find a new starter. Unfortunately, Furcal was the second offensive punch to go with Manny Ramirez, who is also a free agent. Without one of those guys coming back, LA will be leaning heavily on its young stars -- Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, James Loney and Russell Martin -- to have big seasons.


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