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Friday, December 12, 2008

Dodgers Refocus On Signing Furcal

From Tony Jackson (as usual, all emboldening is mine):
"Our focus right now is on the infield," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. "That is taking up most of our conversations."

At a time when the economy is down and ownership is believed to have a stated preference, if not an outright mandate, that the club's player payroll be reduced somewhat, Colletti admitted the uncertainty of what it will cost to fill the shortstop hole is part of what is holding up his effort to address the team's other needs.

For now, there is still a considerable chasm between Furcal and the Dodgers, in terms of both the length of the offer and the amount of guaranteed salary. It is believed that three other teams — Kansas City, Toronto and Oakland — are pursuing Furcal and that at least one of them, the A's, have offered a four-year contract with a guarantee of somewhere between $32 million and $40 million.

Huh? The normally chintzy A's suddenly bringing tall-dollar offers to injury-plagued veterans? Wow, maybe the Angels will have a longer stay as the team to beat in the AL West than I thought ...

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