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Rafael Furcal Rumors: Wednesday

Posted on: November 26, 2008 11:14 am
Edited on: November 26, 2008 9:12 pm

7:58pm: Kinzer told Joe Stiglich of the Contra Costa Times that the A's are "right at the top of the list."

7:05pm: Kinzer revealed to Yahoo's Tim Brown that the two unknown Furcal suitors "have to make some moves first."  So think of teams with incumbent shortstops, like the Braves.  Or perhaps a team that has to clear payroll like the Cubs.

4:25pm: Kinzer told Haft they'll have it down to two teams before Monday or Tuesday.  The A's, Giants, and two other clubs are still in the mix for Furcal.  This time, Kinzer told Haft he did talk to the Giants yesterday.  It's unknown whether he has an offer from San Francisco, but there's nothing from the A's yet.

12:55pm: Susan Slusser and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle learned that Kinzer did have talks with the Giants about Furcal on Tuesday.'s Chris Haft had Kinzer saying last night that he hadn't spoken to Giants officials in two days.

10:11am: Rafael Furcal met with the A's yesterday, and it's not a stretch to suggest they're the frontrunner for his services.'s Jon Heyman says the A's, Giants, Cubs, Dodgers, Braves, and a mystery team remain involved.  Interesting note from Heyman:

Furcal's agent, Paul Kinzer, said by phone that he hasn't fielded a correct guess from any media member on said mystery team. I gave it a shot on Tuesday night, throwing out the Reds -- who appear to be in the mix on some surprising names -- but he said that was incorrect.

Jon!  No!  You wasted your guess.  I believe the mystery team boils down to the Indians or Twins.  Thoughts? 


Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2008 3:25 am

Rafael Furcal Rumors: Wednesday

The Orioles, Cardinals, Giants, Dodgers, and Athletics are all in the hunt for Rafael Furcal. I think it will go to the highest bidder. On another note, and I hope this doesn't come across as an insult, but do you really think someone would pay $20MM per year for Derek Jeter and give up some top starting pitching for him??? I just don't see that happening. In most baseball circles Jetes has been voted as the "most overrated player in the majors." I am not going to argue the point. He has several GG and Silver slugger awards, he has come up with big plays (Clutch) in the playoffs both with the glove and the bat. I just think he is on the downside of his career, and no team would pay that much. If I am wrong and Hank Steinbrenner/Brian Cashman do pull off a trade, I'll eat my words. I for one just can't see it.

I wish everyone would quit dealing with Scott Boras. It would be better for the game of baseball.  

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2008 12:16 am

Rafael Furcal Rumors: Wednesday

The unknown team is the Baltimore Orioles. They have no one at short and signing an expensive and somewhat questionable free agent is their M.O. I doubt that the Red Sox will get rid of Jed Lowrie. Seeing Derek Jeter leaving New York would seem more likely. George Steinbrenner feels bad for Jeter. He deserves better than playing on non competitive Yankee teams with no chance of reaching the playoffs in the near future. I see him being moved to a contender within the next 2 months for the sorely needed starting pitching that the Yankees need and covet. I don't see any big name pitchers ending up with the Yankees. Even the Yankees have had enough of Scott "Scumbag" Boras.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2008 11:54 pm

Rafael Furcal Rumors: Wednesday

The mystery team is the St. Louis Cardinals. They don't have a they?

Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2008 12:13 pm

Rafael Furcal Rumors: Wednesday

I will say either Blue Jays or Red Sox

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