Has Rafael Furcal played his last game with the Dodgers?
Rafael Furcal’s tenure with the Dodgers could be over.
The free agent shortstop told El Caribe that he would return from his native Dominican Republic to the United States on Monday to sign a contract –- and judging by what he said, it sounds like he could be joining the Oakland Athletics.
Furcal revealed that he has been offered a four-year, $48-million contract by the A’s that includes incentives that could push its value to more than $50 million.
Furcal said he has also received a substantial offer from the New York Mets, who want him as a second baseman.
“The offers made by the Athletics and the Mets of New York are tempting, but we’ll make a decision after I meet with my lawyer because there are various factors that we have to evaluate,” he said. “But my general feeling is that every offer that’s been made is important, which is why we want to make a decision that’s well thought out.”
Furcal’s agent, Paul Kinzer, said last week that he thought his client would sign a four-year deal.
Due to concerns about the condition of Furcal’s surgically repaired back, the Dodgers have been hesitant to extend him an offer of four years.
El Caribe also reported that Dodgers center fielder Andruw Jones will be reporting to his winter team in the Dominican Republic on Dec. 8.
-- Dylan Hernandez
Photo: Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal tumbles over Jayson Werth in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times