Don't hold your breath waiting for free agent shortstop Rafael Furcal to break the current lull in player movement this week.
Agent Paul Kinzer told CBSSports.com on Monday that he is scheduled to fly to the Dominican Republic on Tuesday and won't return until the winter meetings, which are scheduled to begin Dec. 8 in Las Vegas.
"We're still in discussion with a few teams," Kinzer said. "But it doesn't look like anything will be finalized until the winter meetings."
The Athletics are widely believed to be the leader in pursuing Furcal. The shortstop and his agent visited the Bay Area last week and toured the Oakland Coliseum, among other things. Kinzer said last week that Furcal has a four-year offer on the table but declined to name the team. It is believed that Oakland may have a three-year offer to Furcal with a vesting option for a fourth year.
The Giants, Atlanta and the Chicago Cubs also are believed to have expressed interest, although the Braves' seriousness likely is tied directly to whether they trade shortstop Yunel Escobar. He was one of the pieces of a framework of a deal when the Braves were discussing pitcher Jake Peavy with San Diego.
Furcal is coming off of a three-year, $39 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, whose initial interest in re-signing him appears to have cooled significantly.
If Oakland does sign Furcal, the domino effect there likely would be a spinoff trade involving incumbent Athletics' shortstop Bobby Crosby. Baltimore, the Dodgers, Cincinnati and the Giants are among the clubs that need shortstops this winter and, as such, would represent potential new homes for Crosby.
Kinzer also represents free agent closer Francisco Rodriguez and has said that serious discussions between the closer and other clubs likely will not commence until the winter meetings.
The Los Angeles Angels are expected to offer Rodriguez arbitration by tonight's midnight EST deadline. Players offered arbitration have until Dec. 7 to decide whether to accept. Rodriguez is expected to be pursued heavily by the New York Mets as well.