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Rafael Furcal open to a new Dodgers contract

October 20, 2008 |  2:50 pm

Rafael Furcal gets a hand in the face while tagging out the Philadelphia Phillies' Jason Werth at second base.

Rafael Furcal's agent said his client would be open to signing a new contract with the Dodgers without testing the free agent market.

The Dodgers have an exclusive window to negotiate with Furcal until 15 days after the World Series.

Paul Kinzer said he spoke to Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti last week about a new deal, but that the two sides didn’t exchange any numbers.

“I sense that they want him back,” Kinzer said.

Colletti said last week that re-signing Furcal was a priority.

Kinzer said that Furcal’s surgically-repaired back shouldn’t affect his value, noting that Furcal has been completely cleared by Dr. Robert Watkins, who performed the midseason operation and monitored his rehabilitation. That being the case, Kinzer said, there would be no reason that Furcal should have to sign an incentive-laden deal with a lower base salary.

Furcal, who turns 31 this week, wants to finish his career in Los Angeles, meaning he could be looking for a deal that is at least four years in length.

“That’s still his first choice,” Kinzer said.

Furcal completed a three-year, $39-million contract this season. That deal included a $9-million signing bonus and paid him $13 million in 2008. Kinzer wouldn’t say if Furcal was seeking a raise.

-- Dylan Hernandez

Photo: The Dodgers' Rafael Furcal gets a hand in the face while tagging out the Philadelphia Phillies' Jayson Werth at second base during Game 5 of the NLCS. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times