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Baseball Insider: December 14, 2008 - December 20, 2008

Why the Furcal Fiasco Might Ring a Bell

Dec. 2008: According to the Atlanta Braves, free agent shortstop Rafael Furcal essentially reneged on a verbal agreement for a three-year contract, shopped their offer sheet to the Dodgers, then signed with the Dodgers. The Braves called the actions of agent Paul Kinzer "despicable" and vowed never to conduct business...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 20, 2008; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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A Break from Regularly Scheduled Teixeira News

An actual signing. The Braves re-signed infielder Greg Norton this afternoon, inking the 36-year-old to a one-year deal for $800,000. If you think that's a far cry from shortstop Rafael Furcal, well, it is. Now, it's not as if the two players are interchangeable -- Norton is a pinch hitter...

By Cameron Smith  |  December 19, 2008; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Angels , Braves  
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Teixeira

Plenty of Nationals fans are scratching their heads, wondering how the Teixeira Sweepstakes have been changed, if at all, by last night's e-mail-to-media from the Red Sox that they had been "outbid" by rivals for Teixeira and were no longer a factor in signing him. Let me give my views,...

By Thomas Boswell  |  December 19, 2008; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Teixeira: Stay Tuned

Boston owner John Henry has just said in an e-mail to the Boston media that the Red Sox have been outbid by a rival and "will not be a factor" in the Mark Teixeira free agent derby! Apparently, the Red Sox have been informed of higher bids by rivals than...

By Thomas Boswell  |  December 18, 2008; 11:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Teixeira Timetable

According to what historians would call "a primary source" in Boston, the Red Sox best estimate of the Teixeira timetable is that Mark still wants to have the decision made before Christmas.Probably in the next four days. Get it done over the weekend. Maybe a Monday announcement at the latest....

By Thomas Boswell  |  December 18, 2008; 11:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Three Thursday Thoughts

1. There hasn't been a significant development on the Mark Teixeira front in over a week -- only a bunch of incremental ones about what teams WON'T do (the Red Sox won't go 10 years) or HAVEN'T done (the Yankees haven't made an offer yet) -- and if I'm reading...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 18, 2008; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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One Day Later, Furcal Chooses the Dodgers

Less than a day after the Braves were reportedly waiting for shortstop Rafael Furcal to tie the bow on their offer and join the Atlanta infield, the Dodgers are reportedly nearing an agreement with the free agent that will keep him in L.A. According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Furcal...

By Cameron Smith  |  December 17, 2008; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Braves , Dodgers  
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How It All Shakes Out

We are now a little more than a month into the free-agent signing period, and a little more than a week into the full-on Mark Teixeira Watch. Already, we have seen the Yankees exert their financial might in both the pitching and the initials-as-first-name markets (C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett). We...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 17, 2008; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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More Furcal Info, Deal Not Done Yet

As Dave noted, it sure looks like Rafael Furcal is heading to Atlanta. That being said, the deal isn't completely done yet. According to Furcal's agent, Paul Kinzer, the shortstop and Atlanta haven't come to an agreement yet, though Kinzer admits that if Furcal chose right now, he would head...

By Cameron Smith  |  December 16, 2008; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Furcal To the Braves?

The Atlanta Braves' aggressive offseason continues, as they are reportedly a physical exam away from wrapping up shortstop Rafael Furcal, which could be the precursor to a major trade for a front-line starting pitcher. The Braves were already set in their middle infield, with Yunel Escobar at shortstop and Kelly...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 16, 2008; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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What Are the Phillies Doing?

Summing up the winter so far for the defending World Series champions: *Signed OF Raul Ibanez to a three-year, $31.5 million contract (replacing Pat Burrell). *Signed RHP Chan Ho Park to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. *Re-signed 46-year-old Jamie Moyer to a two-year, $13 million contract. And that, apparently, is...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 16, 2008; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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