© 2008 MLB Advanced Media, L.P. All rights reserved.
11/26/08 4:57 PM EST
Agent: Furcal paring potential suitors
Free-agent shortstop thought to be seeking four-year contract
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
Free-agent shortstop Rafael Furcal could be closer to selecting a team after Thanksgiving. "Before Monday or Tuesday, we'll have it down to at least two teams," Furcal's agent, Paul Kinzer, said Wednesday. The Oakland A's and San Francisco Giants have been two of Furcal's most ardent suitors, and Kinzer said that two other teams remain in consideration. It's generally believed that Furcal, widely considered the top shortstop available in free agency, has ruled out a return to the Los Angeles Dodgers, with whom he spent the past three seasons. Furcal had a big day in Oakland on Tuesday. He visited the Oakland Coliseum, toured nearby residential neighborhoods with A's manager Bob Geren and had lunch with general manager Billy Beane. "Everything went great," Kinzer said. But Kinzer added that the A's have not yet made Furcal, 31, a formal offer. It's unclear whether Kinzer has received an offer from the Giants, whom he said he spoke with Tuesday -- contrary to what he told MLB.com Tuesday night. Furcal, who's coming off a three-year, $39 million deal with the Dodgers, is said to be seeking a four-year contract.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.