Yesterday, a Major League source close to the situation said free agent Rafael Furcal and the Braves reached a tentative agreement, however, Furcal’s agent now says the shortstop is leaning toward the Dodgers.
Beerleaguer: I can’t think of a single player who means more to one team’s flickering hopes than Furcal. It would be pure devastation to Atlanta's miniscule hopes of competing. Furcal would add impact to the top of their lineup and free up players like Kelly Johnson and Yunel Escobar to be traded for more pitching, and that seems like a remote possibility. This was an abysmal team last season, more toothless than the Nationals down the stretch, and nothing will change other than the addition of Javier Vazquez, who does not scare anyone. In addition to Los Angeles, Oakland is still in the hunt, according to Buster Olney, but all signs point to Furcal staying put in L.A.
Over to the Mets, Newsday says they want either Derek Lowe or Oliver Perez, with Randy Wolf and Jon Garland as plan Bs. It seems like the market for Lowe is only now truly starting to heat up as the Cubs could join the hunt, according to SI.com.