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Rafael Furcal's new Dodgers deal is almost official

December 19, 2008 |  3:45 pm

Rafael Furcal

Shortstop Rafael Furcal is in Los Angeles for a physical that will finalize his new three-year, $30-million contract with the Dodgers. The deal is expected to be made official this evening.

Furcal, 31, was limited to 36 regular-season games this year because of a bulging disk in his back that required surgery.

With Furcal signed, the Dodgers are expected to turn their attention to re-signing Manny Ramirez, and adding arms to their rotation and bullpen. 

-- Dylan Hernandez

Photo: Rafael Furcal. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press