Showing posts with label Rafael Furcal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rafael Furcal. Show all posts

Friday, December 06, 2013

SS Rafael Furcal Signs with Marlins


The Marlins have agreed to sign free agent SS Rafael Furcal to a one-year contract to be their starting second baseman.

The deal is pending a physical and believed to be worth $3.5 million plus incentives...

The Mets were very interested in Furcal when free agency started, but they’re interest faded shortly after that..

Furcal, 36, played in 121 games with St. Louis in 2012, but did not play at all in 2013 due to Tommy John surgery. He is a career .281 hitter with a .346 OBP over 13 seasons.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Mets Rumors: Mets show interest in SS Furcal, SP Arroyo


Mets Rumors:


According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post,  reports indicate that the Mets have no interest in Rafael Furcal.

But those reports seem untrue as Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports the Mets seem interested in the free agent shortstop.
"Many teams have shown interest," Furcal told Rojas in Spanish. "Boston, the Marlins, Mets, Washington, Pirates and Colorado are interested, among others." 
Furcal, 36, missed last season recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Furcal indicated his interests are playing for a contender and for playing time.

"At my age, if I have health, I can play regularly," Furcal said. "... I am a natural second baseman. If I have to move around to various positions in order to play for a contender, I would do it."
As for his recovery from Tommy John surgery, Furcal said: 'This week I will begin to throw some baseballs, and doctors will evaluate me in two weeks to increase the workload. Right now I'm focused on getting fully fit for spring training. I hope to have a chance to prove that I can play every day. In this part of my career I do not play for money." 

Of course the Mets may opt to let Ruben Tejada start opening day unless they can swing a deal that involves a shortstop...

Other news,  New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson plans to meet with right-hander Bronson Arroyo at the free-agent pitcher's Tampa, Fla., home during the upcoming week, a baseball source told ESPNNewYork.com.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Mets Rumors: Peralta, Other Options at SS, Hart, Granderson, Byrd, Pelfrey


Mets Rumors:


Jhonny Peralta appears to be the Mets' top free agent target, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News writes. The club "really likes" Peralta but they don't know if he intends to sign soon or later in the offseason.

The Mets' top priority is shortstop, but they're hardly alone in that, writes Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Possible options for the Mets include Jhonny Peralta, Erick Aybar, Didi Gregorius, Rafael Furcal, and  Jed Lowrie.

The Mets have talked to free agent Corey Hart, but Martino gets the sense that they either don't identify him as a top target or aren't that eager to get a deal done with him. Carig also hears from a source that the Mets aren't close to a deal with the Brewers first baseman. "We haven't discussed him in depth enough to say where we'd put him if we got him," the source said.

The Mets have plans to meet with Curtis Granderson's agent this week, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. The outfielder is turning down the Yankees' $14.1MM qualifying offer.

The Mets have touched base with Marlon Byrd's representatives in the last few days, according to Carig. He could fetch a deal in the neighborhood of $16MM over two years.

The Mets aren't actively talking to Mike Pelfrey about a possible reunion, but they are open to it, a team official tells Adam Rubin. "I know he is on a long list of guys just like him," the team insider said. The Mets non-tendered the hurler after he earned $5.7MM in 2012.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Mets Rumors: Mets Reach out to Rafael Furcal for help at Short


Mets Rumors:


The Mets who are looking for a offensive upgrade at shortstop have reached out to Rafael Furcal, according to the Star Ledger.

Furcal would be a cheaper option to Free Agents Stephen Drew and Jhonny Peralta who are seeking multiyear contracts.

Furcal missed the entire 2013 season with the Cardinals after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March, but took part in fielding drills before Cardinals postseason games without noticeable hinderance.

The Dominican turned 36 years old last month, which makes him a short-term option for a ballclub. But Furcal represents an upgrade at shortstop for the Mets, who had their shortstops post a .561 OPS in 2013, and he can double as a leadoff hitter, which the Mets could also use.

Furcal's Career Stats:
Year Age Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP
2000 22 ATL 131 455 87 134 20 4 4 37 40 14 73 80 .295 .394
2001 23 ATL 79 324 39 89 19 0 4 30 22 6 24 56 .275 .321
2002 24 ATL 154 636 95 175 31 8 8 47 27 15 43 114 .275 .323
2003 25 ATL 156 664 130 194 35 10 15 61 25 2 60 76 .292 .352
2004 26 ATL 143 563 103 157 24 5 14 59 29 6 58 71 .279 .344
2005 27 ATL 154 616 100 175 31 11 12 58 46 10 62 78 .284 .348
2006 28 LAD 159 654 113 196 32 9 15 63 37 13 73 98 .300 .369
2007 29 LAD 138 581 87 157 23 4 6 47 25 6 55 68 .270 .333
2008 30 LAD 36 143 34 51 12 2 5 16 8 3 20 17 .357 .439
2009 31 LAD 150 613 92 165 28 5 9 47 12 6 61 89 .269 .335
2010 32 LAD 97 383 66 115 23 7 8 43 22 4 40 60 .300 .366
2011 33 TOT 87 333 44 77 15 0 8 28 9 5 28 39 .231 .298
2011 33 LAD 37 137 15 27 4 0 1 12 5 3 11 21 .197 .272
2011 33 STL 50 196 29 50 11 0 7 16 4 2 17 18 .255 .316
2012 34 STL 121 477 69 126 18 3 5 49 12 4 44 57 .264 .325
13 Yrs 1605 6442 1059 1811 311 68 113 585 314 94 641 903 .281 .346
162 Game Avg. 162 650 107 183 31 7 11 59 32 9 65 91 .281 .346
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/5/2013.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Life after Jose Reyes: A look at the Shortstop Free Agent List


Rumored to be on the Mets radar
Now that Jose Reyes will not be on the Mets in 2012, The Mets must look for a veteran shortstop behind Ruben Tejada.

Here is the Shortstop Free Agent List that the Mets will have to choose from:

Shortstops
Yuniesky Betancourt (30) - Type B, no arbitration offer
Andres Blanco (28)
Orlando Cabrera (37)
Ronny Cedeno (29)
Craig Counsell (41)
Rafael Furcal (34) - Type B, no arbitration offer
Alex Gonzalez (34) - Type B, no arbitration offer
Jerry Hairston Jr. (36)
Cesar Izturis (32)
Nick Punto (34)
Edgar Renteria (35)
Jose Reyes (29) - Type A, offered arbitration Obviously a Marlin
Luis Rodriguez (32)
Jimmy Rollins (33) - Type A, offered arbitration Will not be signing with the Mets anytime soon
Jack Wilson (34) - Mets have interest

Mets have been rumored to be interested in Jack Wilson, but the Mets can go another route like Rafael Furcal who has been known to lead-off... We will see what they do!
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