The last we heard from Rafael Furcal he was busy turning down a four-year, $36 million contract from the A's. Now that a week has passed, does it look like a smart decision?
Well, yeah, I suppose it technically was. The A's are still regarded as the front-runner, but ESPN's Buster Olney reports they've increased their offer to $40 million over four years. That's still shy of the $13 million a year that Furcal was originally hoping for, but it's progress, not to mention marginally better than the $9.25 million annual salary Edgar Renteria will get from the Giants.
Right now, the A's don't appear to have any serious competition; the Jays have dropped out of the race, and the Dodgers aren't believed to be offering that many guaranteed years. Furcal apparently wouldn't mind going back to Atlanta, but until/unless Yunel Escobar is dealt, that's not much of a possibility, either. It's a long song and dance, but barring a big surprise, it's looking like the A's might be getting a new leadoff man.