Tag:Rafael Furcal
Posted on: December 23, 2008 11:19 am
Edited on: December 23, 2008 11:28 am

Olney's Latest: Lyon, Cabrera, Castillo

The latest from ESPN's Buster Olney.

  • Olney says the Brewers "might take a look at" free agent reliever Brandon Lyon, who's been linked in other reports to the Twins and Red Sox.  It's been reported that Lyon seeks a multiyear deal and may wait until Brian Fuentes signs.  Nick Piecoro suggested that one unknown Lyon suitor views him as a starter.
  • Olney says the Brewers will probably reach out to Trevor Hoffman, and the Dodgers will also take a look.  He adds that the Dodgers will not attempt to re-sign Derek Lowe despite his sinking price tag.
  • The Dodgers turned back to Rafael Furcal after realizing Orlando Cabrera had an asking price close to the amount Furcal signed for.  The market for Cabrera seems weak, perhaps since he will cost a draft pick.  Cabrera signing with the Dodgers would've been ideal for the White Sox, who would've swiped L.A.'s #17 draft pick in June.
  • Olney says the Mets continue to attempt to unload Luis Castillo, who has $18MM left on his deal.
  • Interesting note: "For the first time in recent memory, the Yankees' offices will be closed in the week between Christmas Day and New Year's Day -- one of the signs of the more measured leadership of Hal Steinbrenner."
Posted on: December 22, 2008 1:11 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2008 1:26 pm

Furcal Comments On Braves

The AP has quotes from Rafael Furcal regarding the Braves negotiations:  "We never, not my agents nor me, agreed to anything with the Braves."

Furcal also revealed Oakland's approach: an initial four-year, $32MM offer, followed by a four-year $35MM offer of the "take it or leave it" variety.

Posted on: December 21, 2008 4:14 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2008 5:59 pm

Murray Chass: Furcal, Sabathia, Lowe, Teixeira

Murray Chass has a nice Sunday post covering some of the biggest names in the game.  Let's take a look:

  • Chass summarizes the Rafael Furcal fiasco nicely, and explains the potential legal hazards that refusing to work with the Wasserman group could lead to.
  • Brian Cashman has said that his refusal to trade for Johan Santana last year was because the Yankees knew C.C. Sabathia was going to be a free agent this year. Chass looks at their numbers side-by-side and points explains how by not trading for Santana, the Yankees risked missing out on both aces.
  • The Mets are very interested in Derek Lowe, but not his pricetag. Boras wants similar money to Barry Zito - about $18MM per season - for the 35-year-old Lowe. The Mets also like Oliver Perez, but he's another Boras client with a big price tag. The Mets don't want to add another big contract.
  • Is there really a team with a $200MM+ offer on the table for Mark Teixeira? Chass isn't so sure. It seems that Boras always has a "mystery team" in on the negotiations, but his client never seems to sign there... Don't count the Red Sox out just yet.
Posted on: December 20, 2008 12:19 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2008 5:35 pm

Odds and Ends: Redding, Turnbow, Looper

Links for Saturday...

Posted on: December 19, 2008 10:00 am
Edited on: December 19, 2008 5:06 pm

Rosenthal's Latest: Crosby, Kawakami, Wolf

3:44pm: MLB.com's Jim Street says Crosby cleared waivers.

9:00am: The word from Ken Rosenthal...

  • The A's placed shortstop Bobby Crosby on outright waivers in the hope that some team will assume his $5.75MM salary for '09.  After his lousy '08, he may go unclaimed.
  • The Braves were focused on Rafael Furcal; they're not looking to add a different infielder as a backup plan.  They still want another starting pitcher.  Dave O'Brien names some possible targets.
  • Rosenthal says some teams fear Kenshin Kawakami might want to match Hiroki Kuroda's three-year, $35.3MM deal.
  • The Mariners would like to add a left-handed hitter with power; they're waiting for a bargain.
  • The Rockies are apparently debating whether to sign Tim Redding or trade for Jason MarquisReports in the Denver Post suggest Redding is the top target.
  • Randy Wolf is looking for $30MM over three years.  The Astros were in the $22-24MM range before pulling back.
Posted on: December 18, 2008 10:35 am
Edited on: December 18, 2008 9:21 pm

Braves Won't Be Dealing With Kinzer, Tellem

8:17pm: Tim Brown reacts to Tellem's statement and breaks down the drama. Brown heard from one American League GM who would be "furious" if something similar happened to him.

7:51pm: Tony Jackson received a statement, apparently from agent Arn Tellem, about the events of the past couple days. It suggests there was "never an agreement reached" between Furcal and the Braves. The statement says Furcal's agents "will continue to present opportunities to the Braves" when it's in a client's best interest. It concludes by asking that the event not color the Braves' "better judgment" once "emotions have subsided."

4:17pm: Braves president John Schuerholz comments on the situation.

3:02pm: SI.com's Jon Heyman talked to Wren, who said he's notified the Wasserman Media Group the Braves will no longer be doing business with them.  It's a bold move, as the agency has a robust client list.

9:27am: Based on Frank Wren's comments, the Braves won't be dealing with agents Paul Kinzer and Arn Tellem anytime soon due to the recent Rafael Furcal dramaDylan Hernandez transcribes:

When WIFN talk show host Bill Shanks prefaced a question by saying that he knew Wren couldn't burn bridges with Kinzer and Tellem, Wren interjected, "That bridge is gone. I don't have to worry about burning it. The bridge is gone."

Most remaining clients represented by these agents don't fit for the Braves this offseason anyway.  But Tellem does represent Randy WolfESPN's Jerry Crasnick has a source saying it'd be "next to impossible" for the Braves to pursue Wolf now.  You can find the full client list for Tellem's Wasserman Media Group here (click Management, then Baseball).  Current Brave Peter Moylan is also represented by the firm.

Posted on: December 17, 2008 11:59 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2008 12:14 am

Rosenthal's Latest: Teixeira, Markakis, Johnson

We have a new column from Ken Rosenthal this evening.

  • Mark Teixeira is holding up many areas of the free agent market, as guys like Brian Fuentes and Milton Bradley know the Angels will be interested if Tex signs elsewhere.
  • Rosenthal believes the Yankees should continue to be aggressive and make a competitive bid for Teixeira.
  • The "poor working conditions and occasionally unruly crowd behavior" make it hard for the A's to attract free agents.  Their move in 2012 should help.
  • Rosenthal believes Chase Utley's seven year, $85MM deal could provide a framework for a Nick Markakis extension.
  • The A's will wait for free agent bargains now that they've lost Rafael Furcal.
  • The Red Sox and Mets are the main suitors for Derek Lowe, with the Yankees less likely.
  • The Braves have been shopping Kelly Johnson for an outfielder.  Attempts to acquire Ryan Ludwick or Corey Hart did not work out.
Posted on: December 17, 2008 10:41 am
Edited on: December 20, 2008 4:00 pm

Furcal Signs With Dodgers

FRIDAY, 8:37pm: The Furcal deal is officialJesse Spector has quotes from the conference call.

WEDNESDAY, 9:08pm: Just to keep this baby going, we have the contract numbers from Tony Jackson.  A backloaded three years, $30MM, $3MM of which is a bonus at the end of the contract.  The 2012 option for $13MM does vest with 600 PAs in '11.

8:23pm: The deal may be done, but we still can't get the numbers nailed down. According to Tim Brown's writethru, it could be either $33MM or $30MM. Brown has "a Dodgers source" who says it's the latter "and includes a fourth-year option for $12 million, vesting with 600 plate appearances in the third year. Other incentives could bring the total worth of the deal to about $45 million." The AP report (below) that gave the $33MM figure had quoted " a person familiar with the negotiations."

7:43pm: This MLB.com report from Ken Gurnick says "it is believed the deal is pending the passing of a physical exam." That's probably about as final as we're going to get for now. It's worth noting that a little bit earlier, Tony Jackson talked to Kinzer, who said such a statement would be premature.  (The Dodgers, like most teams, don't confirm deals until after the physical.)

7:08pm: The AP says the final numbers on the contract are 3 years, $33MM:

Furcal gets $7.5 million next season, $9.5 million in 2010 and $13 million in 2011. The deal includes a $13 million team option for 2012 with a $3 million buyout.

7:02pm: This wire report from CBSSports.com has a quote from Kinzer:

"They know we didn't have a signed contract, that we didn't have even a verbal agreement. We had, 'Things look very good and Raffy's going to sleep on it,'" Kinzer said after a news conference for another client, Francisco Rodriguez.

5:53pm: Rosenthal has updated his post with a bit more info and a timeline from Wren. Around midnight on Monday, after much negotiating, Kinzer told Wren, "we're good." Tuesday morning, says Rosenthal (note the slight discrepancy from Brown's report below), Wren "got a voicemail from Kinzer" asking for the term sheet to be put together and faxed to him, which Wren did. "Shortly thereafter, Kinzer began 'backpedaling,' saying he promised the Dodgers he would talk to them." And on Tuesday, the Dodgers "suddenly" appeared willing to grant Furcal a third year -- and today, the Braves were told that Furcal would not be joining them.

5:43pm: Tim Brown reports that the Braves had sent Furcal a signed term sheet, according to "a club source." Monday night, Kinzer asked for the paperwork to be faxed to him. Braves GM Frank Wren complied Tuesday morning. Writes Brown:

No member of the Braves 19 front office 13 not Wren, not longtime former GM John Schuerholz 13 could recall a time when a signed term sheet was not the equivalent of a handshake agreement, ethically 13 if not legally 13 binding.

Brown adds that the Braves believe Kinzer shopped the term sheet to the Dodgers, who had been reluctant to commit to a third year.

4:47pm: The latest from Rosenthal:

The Dodgers and Furcal were still hammering out an agreement Wednesday afternoon, sources said, but the Braves had been informed that Furcal would not accept their deal.

4:10pm: Ken Rosenthal says Furcal decided to sign with the Dodgers.

Mark Bowman's latest doesn't suggest Furcal made a decision, but he does explain why the Braves thought they had a deal.  Bowman's source believes the Dodgers offered three years plus a fourth-year player option.

11:48am: Yahoo's Tim Brown: Furcal is "nearing an agreement with the Dodgers."  Joel Sherman learned from Kinzer that the Dodgers are in the lead, having matched the Braves' three-year, $30MM (plus a fourth-year vesting option) offer.  Paul Kinzer told Sherman the idea of switching to second base for the Braves gave Furcal pause.

Kinzer told Danny Knobler there was never a verbal agreement with the Braves.  Kinzer lives in Atlanta and received 50 phone calls from fans after the story broke yesterday.

9:39am: Yesterday we watched as Rafael Furcal and his agents seemingly ignored a gentleman's agreement with the Braves to continue negotiating with the Dodgers.  Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times learned from Ned Colletti that the Dodgers improved their offer to Furcal (the original was two years with a vesting option).

According to Buster Olney, the Braves offered three years, $30MM with a vesting option for the fourth year.  Olney says the A's were at $38MM guaranteed over four years.

Sarah Green (sarah@umpbump.com) also contributed to this post.

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