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."