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Furcal talks likely to drag into winter meetings

Posted on: December 1, 2008 4:13 pm

Don't hold your breath waiting for free agent shortstop Rafael Furcal to break the current lull in player movement this week.

The Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants and other interested clubs shouldn't, either.

Agent Paul Kinzer told 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.


Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2008 7:11 pm

Furcal talks likely to drag into winter meetings

LOL!!!  Oakland has a shot in winning a championship if the sign a few key signings.

Like who CC, Lowe, Burnett, Texiera, Manny and KRod.  Well I guess you are right if they sign a few of these guys.

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2008 11:02 am

Furcal talks likely to drag into winter meetings

please he is 100% swine i heard he likes it in the brownsky

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2008 4:12 am

Furcal talks likely to drag into winter meetings

go to athleticsnation dot com to educate would be a great signing...and by the way, we do have a shot at a championship with a few more key signings.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2008 12:36 am

Furcal talks likely to drag into winter meetings

I hope Billy Beane does not get burned by signing Rafael Furcal. The last time the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants battled over a free agent, Esteban Loiza, it did not work out for Oakland. If Furcal is going to get injured again or regress then I would prefer that the Giants end up with him. I do not understand why a team would pay over $12M for an injury prone-light hitting hitter? Matt Holliday gets $13.5M a year, but he can field and hit home runs. Sadly, Furcal might be able to field and run the bases well, but he does not hit home runs with great regularity or voracity. I am glad to see that Lew Wolf is giving Beane a bigger budget to work with, but giving so much money to Furcal does not make any sense to me as an Athletics fan. I can understand other teams overpaying Furcal for the chance at a championship, but the Athletics are not even close to playing in a championship. Even if they were they should not waste their money on Furcal. Is it just me or is Furcal extremely overrated? I checked his stats and nothing I see impresses me. Signing Manny Ramirez and his freak show would make much more sense. At least the guy can hit home runs. I would even sign Barry Bonds and his huge...EGO! The Athletics need hitting and power and they need it now. Furcal would provide neither.

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