Tuesday, May 6, 2008
According to Buster Olney, Rafael Furcal will walk if he does not get a deal by mid-season. Furcal is hitting .366 with 5 HR this season, and is really carrying the Dodgers this season. The Dodgers might not want to give him a deal so soon if Chin-Lung Hu continues to hit well. However, if they lose Furcal, he will ask for big money on the market, bigger than the money he got three years ago from the Dodgers.
The Red Sox look like an obvious choice. Julio Lugo is struggling at shortstop and bringing in Furcal would make that infield one of the best. The Cardinals currently have Cesar Izturis at shortstop, and opening up the wallet for Rafael Furcal would make this team a lot better in 2009. The Orioles are another option, but he probably wants to go to a contender.