So I guess this also would rule out the Cincinnati Reds and those fans who had pipe dreams of us signing Furcal. According to Ken Rosenthal at Fox Sports (who is all knowing):
Furcal’s agent, Paul Kinzer, told FOXSports.com that Furcal declined the A’s proposal, which was believed to be in the range of $35 million to $40 million.
The A’s had given Furcal a Saturday deadline to accept their offer, according to major-league sources. When Furcal rejected the deal, team officials informed Kinzer they would move on to other pursuits.
Kinzer said the “door is definitely open” to further discussions, but the A’s will revisit Furcal only if he is willing to accept a lesser deal, sources said.
At 31 years of age, a career .286 hitter, Furcal would have probably been smart to take that offer that Billy Beane and the A’s laid of the table for him. No doubt we see that Furcal has some weapons, and maybe he’s a player that will age well; but we also see him as a guy who has some major mileage on him. The A’s were most likely over-paying with that offer.
We see him most likely ending up back in Los Angeles or possibly Anaheim, maybe even San Diego. Somewhere warm for about 2/3 of that price that Oakland offered him.