Braves Sign Furcal

by Ben Cook on December 16, 2008

The Atlanata Braves have reportedly reached a deal with free agent shortstop, Rafael Furcal, to return to Atlanta. Financial details of the deal haven’t been released yet but it is rumored to be for three years with a vesting option for a fourth. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports calls the signing a “major offseason upset” as the Oakland A’s had been considered the major favorites to land Furcal, having extended a guaranteed 4th year in their $40 millon offer.

It appears, however, that Furcal desperately wanted to return to one of his former teams, which meant either the Dodgers or the Braves, and Atlanta made a hard late push to bring their former shortstop back into the fold.

The Furcal signing might allow Atlanta the luxury of another major deal as well. Current Atlanta shortstop, Yunel Escobar, had been discussed as part of a potential deal for San Diego Padres ace, Jake Peavy. The Padres, as it happens, are in need of a cheap young shortstop after trading Khalile Green to St. Louis a couple of weeks ago. With talks between the Padres and the Cubs for Peavy reportedly dead, the Braves might be able to ressurect their failed bid for the former Cy Young award winner.

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