According to Ken Rosenthal, Rafael Furcal declined the A’s contract proposal of four years in the $35-40MM range. The A’s then told Furcal’s agent Paul Kinzer they’re moving on. Kinzer says the door is still open, but Rosenthal says the A’s won’t raise their offer. The A’s were thought to be Furcal’s most likely suitor after they wined and dined him in Oakland. Rosenthal ponders whether Furcal would be willing to play second base to expand his market.
The A’s will pencil in Bobby Crosby for another year while moving on to free agent targets such as Randy Johnson, Adam Dunn, Pat Burrell, and Jason Giambi.