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Agent: Furcal 'swings toward' LA

Posted on: December 17, 2008 12:18 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2008 7:14 pm

Rafael Furcal's agent said today that his client could now end up with the Dodgers rather than the Braves.

"Right now, things are swinging back towards the Dodgers probably," Paul Kinzer said.

This time, it seems Kinzer meant what he said.

By late afternoon, Braves officials were conceding that they won't be signing Furcal, despite what they thought was an agreement reached late Monday night. Kinzer insists that he never agreed to a deal with the Braves.

Tuesday, he went back to the Dodgers, asking them to match the Braves deal: three guaranteed years, with a vesting option, with a chance to make about $40 million.

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti was open to matching it, according to sources, but he needed a final OK from owner Frank McCourt.

The Braves were so certain that they had a deal that they told some people that Furcal would be in Atlanta today for a physical.

Asked how the Braves could have become convinced they had a deal, Kinzer responded: "You'll have to ask them. They never received any signed documents, or anything. . . . I'm sorry if they were embarrassed. They know we didn't have a signed contract, and we didn't have a verbal agreement."

Kinzer, who was in New York for the Mets' Francisco Rodriguez press conference, said that Furcal was still home in the Dominican Republic.

Kinzer said that Furcal liked both the Braves and Dodgers, but that he preferred to play shortstop rather than second base. The Dodgers wanted him as a shortstop; the Braves planned to play him at second, with Yunel Escobar remaining at shortstop, and Kelly Johnson moving from second base to left field.

"There's nobody else (other than the Braves) that he would have even considered switching positions for," Kinzer said.

One person who knows Furcal said he believes Furcal preferred all along to remain with the Dodgers, and also agreed that Furcal would like to remain at shortstop. But Furcal would apparently sign with the Braves if the Dodgers aren't willing to guarantee the third year of the deal.

Kinzer, interestingly enough, makes his home in the Atlanta area. He said that after news of Furcal's apparent signing with the Braves broke on Tuesday morning, he received 50 phone calls from Braves fans. He said he told them that there was still no deal.

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Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2008 6:38 pm

Agent: Furcal 'swings toward' LA


 Yes, combine the greed and the egotistical nature of some agents with the laughable antics of some major league front offices, such as the Dodgers, and the result is runaway salary inflation. The Yankees are the worst example of buying talent but at least their free agents mostly perform and produce positive results. The Dodgers can celebrate their recent acquisitions of the aforementioned Andruw Jones and the oft-injured, past his prime Jason Schmidt. Truly 'excellent' moves that not only hurt the Dodgers pay-roll, but impacted the entire free-agent market by driving the wage scale up for all teams. Of course, the 'small-market' teams are unable to bid for the high-end free agent player thereby restricting their position to compete for play-off positions. Overall competition is largely reduced among all teams with only a few clubs having the financial security to sign the equally greedy and egotistical 'stud' player(s). Another result, is that the art and skill to work trades among general managers is reduced...why trade away talent when talent can be bought without giving-up anything but money.

Gee Dodger fan, how is Jayson Werth doing these days? Probably a bit better than Andruw the stealth (with the wealth)...

Having said all that, I was hoping to see Furcal return to the organization that groomed his skills--the Braves




Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2008 6:05 pm

Agent: Furcal 'swings toward' LA

I really wish that Furcal had stayed in ATL in the first place. I'm not a bandwagon jumper, but he was one of the reasons that I enjoyed watching ATL baseball. I didn't root for them to win but I did enjoy watching them play. They had a great team for a good long while and once he left it just didn't seem the same. Fab, if LA had that many chances and only came away with one title who's fault would it be???

I say that it would be the manager's fault. Bobby Cox, though a great manager in the Regular Season, was just not as good in the playoffs. Don't know why, just wasn't as good!!!

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2008 5:00 pm

Agent: Furcal 'swings toward' LA

I will never understand how all of these multi-millionaire ballplayers (who already have more money than they or even their families) would not want to live in a great place like LA and play for a contender? Not too mention, but LA has the highest latino population in the U.S. Furcal will sign with LA, and I firmly believe that Manny is watching and waiting to see such a commitment from the Dodgers front office. We will see soon enough. Either way, Atlanta will not be a contender. The Braves had way too many chances and still only managed one title. Now they can crawl back in their cave.

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2008 4:33 pm

Agent: Furcal 'swings toward' LA

All the negotiating shenanigans aside, I think Furcal could really strengthen Atlanta's infield defense.  But doesn't $30mil seem like a lot to commit to a 2nd baseman that is going to hit .285 and 10-12 home runs?

Since: Oct 9, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2008 3:50 pm

Agent: Furcal 'swings toward' LA

That agent is a D Bag!!  Obviously, the Braves thought there was an agreement.  Seems to me like he is going to try and screw the Braves!  Forget Furcal, give me Mark Lemke at second base!!  He at least helped us win the world series in 95

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2008 3:16 pm

Agent: Furcal 'swings toward' LA


     I can tell you it was nice to be in the was golfing at that time of the year?

Since: Jun 20, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2008 3:02 pm

Agent: Furcal 'swings toward' LA

You have the right to say "I told you do" you took a beating yesterday from a bunch of morons who think everybody who blogs are iditos like them who have no life and depend only on web sites for information.  Stay on this site just to spite those idiots.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2008 2:53 pm

Agent: Furcal 'swings toward' LA

If I were the braves, I would immediately and publicly pull the offer off of the table and to publicly say that they are not, and will never be interested in his services. 

I agree completely.  Pull the offer and immediately and make sure it's known to the Dodgers that we are no longer in the market for his services.

Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2008 2:38 pm

Agent: Furcal 'swings toward' LA

Ok, here is the deal.....

I hate it when guys play teams against one another to this extent.  I am sure that Atlanta was told that they had a deal, or if not, they were told that it was almost a done deal....then, when the deal gets announced they use it against LA for a final push.

If I were the braves, I would immediately and publicly pull the offer off of the table and to publicly say that they are not, and will never be interested in his services. 

At that point he has no leverage anymore and the Dodgers do not have to give in to his demands.

Maybe this will teach players to play fair and prove that some people are not in this JUST for money.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2008 2:29 pm

Agent: Furcal 'swings toward' LA

Furcal was terrific before he went down and almost as grreat when he came back-- Solid performer and not normally injury prone
 As for your other comment-- who is your team and did they never make a terrible signing?

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