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Agent: Furcal Paring Potential Suitors

Free-agent shortstop Rafael Furcal is close to selecting a team as he begins comparing the offers he has received.

"Before Monday or Tuesday, we'll have it down to at least two teams," Furcal's agent Paul Kinzer said Wednesday.

Oakland and San Francisco have been two of Furcal's most ardent suitors, and Kinzer said that two other teams remain in consideration.

Via MLB.com

A's Look At Nick Johnson's Medical Records

The A's have examined Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson's medical records, but the clubs have not seriously discussed a trade.

If Washington signs free-agent Mark Teixeira, Johnson would become expendable.

The news was first reported by FOXSports.com. The source also said that several other teams have Johnson's medical records.

Via MLB.com

Report: A's Bring Furcal To Oakland For Negotiations

The Athletics brought free-agent shortstop Rafael Furcal and his wife to Oakland on Tuesday to discuss a possible deal.

Agent Paul Kinzer was also present at the meeting, according to FOX Sports.

The A's and Giants are thought to be the most serious suitors of the switch-hitting shortstop, who is looking for a four-year contract.

Via Contra Costa Times

Agent Refutes Report Of A's $48M Offer To Furcal

Rafael Furcal's agent claims that a report claiming his client received a $48 million contract offer from the Athletics was incorrect.

However, the agent did confirm Furcal has been offered a four-year deal from an unspecified team.

El Caribe reported that Furcal was offered a four-year, $48 million contract by Oakland, but Paul Kinzer told The Los Angeles Times "The numbers aren't right."

Via MLB.com

Furcal Reveals He'll Sign With A's?

Free-agent shortstop Rafael Furcal told El Caribe that he would return from his native Dominican Republic to the United States on Monday to sign a contract.

From what he said, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times believes that deal could be with the Athletics.

Furcal revealed that he has been offered a four-year, $48-million contract by the A's, and that the Mets have contacted him about moving to second base as well.

"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."

Via Los Angeles Times

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