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Agent says Rafael Furcal report is wrong

Rafael Furcal beats the tag from Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz to score a run.

Well, well, well ...

We're often skeptical about reports from overseas, but I figured El Caribe's story on Rafael Furcal was accurate, given that the Dominican newspaper quoted the free-agent shortstop directly.

I figured wrong, according to Furcal's agent, Paul Kinzer.

El Caribe reported that Furcal was offered a four-year, $48-million contract by the Oakland Athletics, but Kinzer said, "The numbers aren't right."

Kinzer confirmed that he received a four-year offer for Furcal, but declined to identify the club that proposed the deal. Asked if the club was Oakland, all Kinzer would say was, "They're very interested."

El Caribe reported that the New York Mets made an offer to Furcal and wanted him as a second baseman, but Kinzer said that was untrue.

Of the Dodgers, Kinzer said, "They're still in. Things will clear up with them in the next few days."

Furcal has received offers from three other teams, according to Kinzer.

-- Dylan Hernandez

Credit: Rafael Furcal beats the tag from Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz to score a run during Game 4 of the NCLS on Oct. 13. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

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