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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
17 7236 .281 .346 .402 92 37.4
Birth Date10-24-1977
Height5' 8"
Weight195 lbs
Age41 years, 11 months, 21 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2000 ATL 22 131 542 134 20 4 4 73 80 3 40 14 .295 .394 .382 92 -2.6 8.4 0.3 2.7
2001 ATL 23 79 359 89 19 0 4 24 56 1 22 6 .275 .321 .370 75 -10.1 -1.3 -3.0 0.1
2002 ATL 24 154 693 175 31 8 8 43 114 3 27 15 .275 .323 .387 76 -17.7 3.3 5.3 2.0
2003 ATL 25 156 734 194 35 10 15 60 76 3 25 2 .292 .352 .443 102 4.0 3.9 -7.3 3.0
2004 ATL 26 143 632 157 24 5 14 58 71 1 29 6 .279 .344 .414 94 -3.5 9.0 5.1 3.7
2005 ATL 27 154 689 175 31 11 12 62 78 1 46 10 .284 .348 .429 98 -1.2 8.6 19.2 5.6
2006 LAN 28 159 736 196 32 9 15 73 98 1 37 13 .300 .369 .445 100 3.5 1.9 11.4 4.8
2007 LAN 29 138 642 157 23 4 6 55 68 1 25 6 .270 .333 .355 82 -11.8 6.8 12.8 3.5
2008 LAN 30 36 164 51 12 2 5 20 17 1 8 3 .357 .439 .573 121 4.6 3.4 -1.9 1.3
2009 LAN 31 150 680 165 28 5 9 61 89 1 12 6 .269 .335 .375 89 -7.5 6.1 10.6 3.8
2010 LAN 32 97 428 115 23 7 8 40 60 1 22 4 .300 .366 .460 112 6.6 3.2 3.4 3.2
2011 LAN 33 37 152 27 4 0 1 11 21 3 5 3 .197 .272 .248 87 -2.1 0.4 -0.8 0.4
2011 SLN 33 50 217 50 11 0 7 17 18 1 4 2 .255 .316 .418 87 -2.9 2.0 3.6 1.2
2012 SLN 34 121 531 126 18 3 5 44 57 1 12 4 .264 .325 .346 86 -8.1 4.3 3.0 2.2
2014 MIA 36 9 37 6 0 1 0 2 7 0 0 0 .171 .216 .229 65 -1.4 0.6 -1.0 -0.1
Career161472361817311691136439102231494.281.346.40292-50.160.660.737.4

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1998 DNV Rk APL 0 307 .000 .000 .000 .368 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 MCN A SAL 0 381 .000 .000 .000 .376 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 MYR A+ CRL 0 198 .000 .000 .000 .380 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 ATL MLB NL 131 542 .268 .337 .436 .349 107 5.1 17.1 5.9 92 7 0.3 8.4 -2.6 2.7
2000 GRN AA SOU 0 11 .000 .000 .000 .111 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 ATL MLB NL 79 359 .262 .327 .427 .315 96 -5.5 10.7 4.9 75 9 -3.0 -1.3 -10.1 0.1
2002 ATL MLB NL 154 693 .260 .326 .415 .324 99 -9.3 20.0 9 76 9 5.3 3.3 -17.7 2.0
2003 ATL MLB NL 156 734 .266 .331 .425 .310 99 14 19.3 9.9 102 8 -7.3 3.9 4.0 3.0
2004 ATL MLB NL 143 632 .264 .332 .431 .296 93 8.9 18.8 8.5 94 7 5.1 9.0 -3.5 3.7
2005 ATL MLB NL 154 689 .262 .327 .420 .307 99 10.4 19.8 9.1 98 9 19.2 8.6 -1.2 5.6
2006 LAN MLB NL 159 736 .267 .333 .430 .333 95 19 22.2 10.2 100 6 11.4 1.9 3.5 4.8
2007 LAN MLB NL 138 642 .264 .329 .416 .296 99 -13.4 19.1 8.8 82 7 12.8 6.8 -11.8 3.5
2007 SBR A+ CLF 2 8 .167 .218 .259 .200 98 -0.3 0.2 -0.1 0 0 -0.1 -0.2 0.0 0.0
2008 LAN MLB NL 36 164 .274 .340 .438 .380 93 15.4 4.7 2.2 121 11 -1.9 3.4 4.6 1.3
2008 LVG AAA PCL 1 3 .296 .339 .536 .333 133 0.1 0.1 0 121 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2009 LAN MLB NL 150 680 .257 .325 .408 .302 89 1.5 19.6 8.9 89 8 10.6 6.1 -7.5 3.8
2010 LAN MLB NL 97 428 .254 .320 .394 .338 87 24.4 11.8 5.4 112 9 3.4 3.2 6.6 3.2
2010 SBR A+ CLF 2 6 .238 .318 .354 .000 88 -0.4 0.2 0.1 0 0 -0.1 -0.4 0.0 0.0
2010 ABQ AAA PCL 2 6 .259 .328 .444 .500 143 2.7 0.2 0.1 188 0 0.1 0.0 0.7 0.1
2011 LAN MLB NL 37 152 .254 .318 .401 .226 91 -6 4.1 1.9 87 9 -0.8 0.4 -2.1 0.4
2011 SLN MLB NL 50 217 .255 .314 .392 .250 94 1.9 5.9 2.7 87 9 3.6 2.0 -2.9 1.2
2011 RCU A+ CAL 6 25 .288 .348 .438 .368 95 1.9 0.7 -0.1 126 0 -0.2 1.7 0.8 0.3
2011 ABQ AAA PCL 4 16 .300 .362 .457 .364 110 1.9 0.5 0.2 132 0 0.7 0.3 0.7 0.2
2012 SLN MLB NL 121 531 .258 .320 .408 .289 98 -7 14.5 6.7 86 10 3.0 4.3 -8.1 2.2
2014 MIA MLB NL 9 37 .240 .307 .359 .214 96 -2.6 1.0 0 65 13 -1.0 0.6 -1.4 -0.1
2014 JUP A+ FSL 11 44 .255 .313 .364 .364 101 1.1 1.3 -0.1 139 0 -1.2 -0.9 1.0 0.0
2014 JAX AA SOU 10 40 .248 .328 .375 .314 96 -0.6 1.1 -0.1 108 0 0.4 0.2 -0.3 0.1
2015 WIL A+ CAR 4 17 .237 .314 .344 .214 92 -1.9 0.5 0.1 58 0 -0.6 -0.2 -1.0 -0.1
2015 NWA AA TEX 3 12 .256 .317 .380 .375 106 0.2 0.3 0.1 116 0 -0.5 -0.3 0.0 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1998 DNV Rk APL 307 268 56 88 15 4 0 111 23 36 29 60 15 .328 .414 .414 .086 0 0
1999 MCN A SAL 381 335 73 113 15 1 1 133 29 41 36 73 22 .337 .417 .397 .060 0 0
1999 MYR A+ CRL 198 184 32 54 9 3 0 69 12 14 42 23 8 .293 .343 .375 .082 0 0
2000 ATL MLB NL 542 455 87 134 20 4 4 174 37 73 80 40 14 .295 .394 .382 .088 2 9
2000 GRN AA SOU 11 10 1 2 0 0 1 5 3 1 0 0 0 .200 .273 .500 .300 0 0
2001 ATL MLB NL 359 324 39 89 19 0 4 120 30 24 56 22 6 .275 .321 .370 .096 6 4
2002 ATL MLB NL 693 636 95 175 31 8 8 246 47 43 114 27 15 .275 .323 .387 .112 2 9
2003 ATL MLB NL 734 664 130 194 35 10 15 294 61 60 76 25 2 .292 .352 .443 .151 4 3
2004 ATL MLB NL 632 563 103 157 24 5 14 233 59 58 71 29 6 .279 .344 .414 .135 5 5
2005 ATL MLB NL 689 616 100 175 31 11 12 264 58 62 78 46 10 .284 .348 .429 .144 5 5
2006 LAN MLB NL 736 654 113 196 32 9 15 291 63 73 98 37 13 .300 .369 .445 .145 3 5
2007 LAN MLB NL 642 581 87 157 23 4 6 206 47 55 68 25 6 .270 .333 .355 .084 3 2
2007 SBR A+ CLF 8 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 .167 .375 .167 .000 0 0
2008 LVG AAA PCL 3 3 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .667 .333 0 0
2008 LAN MLB NL 164 143 34 51 12 2 5 82 16 20 17 8 3 .357 .439 .573 .217 0 0
2009 LAN MLB NL 680 613 92 165 28 5 9 230 47 61 89 12 6 .269 .335 .375 .106 2 3
2010 SBR A+ CLF 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 .000 .333 .000 .000 0 0
2010 ABQ AAA PCL 6 5 3 3 1 1 1 9 4 1 0 0 0 .600 .667 1.800 1.200 0 0
2010 LAN MLB NL 428 383 66 115 23 7 8 176 43 40 60 22 4 .300 .366 .460 .159 2 2
2011 RCU A+ CAL 25 22 10 7 0 0 0 7 1 3 3 1 0 .318 .400 .318 .000 0 0
2011 LAN MLB NL 152 137 15 27 4 0 1 34 12 11 21 5 3 .197 .272 .248 .051 0 1
2011 SLN MLB NL 217 196 29 50 11 0 7 82 16 17 18 4 2 .255 .316 .418 .163 1 2
2011 ABQ AAA PCL 16 13 2 5 1 0 1 9 6 3 1 0 0 .385 .500 .692 .308 0 0
2012 SLN MLB NL 531 477 69 126 18 3 5 165 49 44 57 12 4 .264 .325 .346 .082 4 5
2014 JUP A+ FSL 44 38 6 12 0 0 0 12 1 5 5 1 0 .316 .409 .316 .000 0
2014 JAX AA SOU 40 37 5 11 2 0 0 13 0 3 2 4 0 .297 .350 .351 .054 0
2014 MIA MLB NL 37 35 4 6 0 1 0 8 2 2 7 0 0 .171 .216 .229 .057 0
2015 NWA AA TEX 12 9 2 3 0 0 0 3 2 2 2 0 0 .333 .417 .333 .000 1 0
2015 WIL A+ CAR 17 16 2 3 1 0 0 4 0 1 2 0 0 .188 .235 .250 .063 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 628 0.4984 0.3933 0.8947 0.5335 0.2540 0.9401 0.8000 0.1053 -0.0088
2009 2613 0.4945 0.4007 0.8672 0.5627 0.2422 0.9133 0.7625 0.1328 -0.0085
2010 1659 0.5093 0.4123 0.8772 0.5929 0.2248 0.9301 0.7322 0.1228 -0.0080
2011 1345 0.5108 0.3918 0.8729 0.5822 0.1930 0.9225 0.7165 0.1271 -0.0022
2012 1978 0.5091 0.4237 0.8807 0.5919 0.2492 0.9077 0.8140 0.1193 -0.0059
2014 152 0.5395 0.3750 0.8947 0.4878 0.2429 0.9000 0.8824 0.1053 0.0009
Career83750.50460.40600.87580.57520.23340.91860.76630.1242-0.0066

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-22 2014-09-29 60-DL 99 88 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2014-03-21 2014-06-13 60-DL 84 65 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2014-03-11 2014-03-15 Camp 4 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2013-03-22 2013-10-31 60-DL 223 162 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2013-03-15 -
2013-02-12 2013-03-22 Camp 38 0 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery and Bone Spur 2013-03-15 -
2012-08-31 2012-10-23 15-DL 53 31 Right Elbow Sprain Ulnar Collateral Ligament - -
2012-08-08 2012-08-09 DTD 1 1 - Low Back Soreness - -
2012-07-28 2012-08-03 DTD 6 5 - Low Back Tightness - -
2012-07-07 2012-07-07 DTD 0 0 - Lower Leg Contusion Shin - -
2012-06-19 2012-06-19 DTD 0 0 - Lower Leg Contusion Shin - -
2012-03-10 2012-03-14 Camp 4 0 Right Shoulder Soreness Near Shoulder Blade - -
2011-11-28 2011-11-28 Off 0 0 - Abdomen Surgery Appendix 2011-12-01 -
2011-09-27 2011-10-01 DTD 4 2 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2011-08-21 2011-08-23 DTD 2 2 Right Thumb Sprain - -
2011-06-04 2011-07-03 15-DL 29 26 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2011-04-12 2011-05-22 15-DL 40 37 Left Thumb Fracture Sliding Into Base -
2011-04-09 2011-04-11 DTD 2 2 Left Wrist Soreness Check Swing -
2011-03-24 2011-03-24 Camp 0 0 General Medical Illness GI -
2010-08-03 2010-09-03 15-DL 31 28 Low Back Strain -
2010-04-28 2010-05-25 15-DL 27 24 Right Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2009-05-25 2009-05-28 DTD 3 3 Hip Soreness Buttock -
2008-05-06 2008-09-24 60-DL 141 125 Low Back Surgery Microdiscectomy 2008-07-03
2008-04-06 2008-04-06 DTD 0 0 Right Thumb Sprain Thumb -
2008-03-03 2008-03-06 Camp 3 0 Bilateral Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2007-09-19 2007-09-30 DTD 11 10 Low Back Cartilage Injury Bulging Disc -
2007-05-26 2007-05-27 DTD 1 1 Knee Soreness -
2007-03-22 2007-04-13 15-DL 22 9 Left Ankle Sprain -
2007-03-05 2007-03-14 Camp 9 0 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2006-04-06 2006-04-09 DTD 3 1 Right Lower Leg Contusion Shin -
2006-03-30 2006-04-03 Camp 4 0 Low Back Strain -
2006-01-11 2006-01-11 Off 0 0 Right Knee Surgery Cartilage 2006-01-11
2005-08-29 2005-09-01 DTD 3 3 Right Knee Soreness -
2005-06-01 2005-06-03 DTD 2 2 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2004-05-02 2004-05-04 DTD 2 1 Right Fingers Sprain Ring Finger -
2004-04-10 2004-04-18 DTD 8 7 Low Back Strain -
2003-06-12 2003-06-13 DTD 1 1 Arm Soreness -
2001-07-07 2001-10-21 60-DL 106 77 Left Shoulder Surgery Dislocation 2001-07-10
2000-06-13 2000-06-29 15-DL 16 15 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 KCA $
2014 MIA $3,500,000
2013 SLN $7,500,000
2012 SLN $6,500,000
2011 LAN $13,000,000
2010 LAN $9,500,000
2009 LAN $7,500,000
2008 LAN $13,000,000
2007 LAN $13,000,000
2006 LAN $4,000,000
2005 ATL $5,600,000
2004 ATL $3,700,000
2003 ATL $2,200,000
2002 ATL $405,000
2001 ATL $355,000
2000 ATL $200,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
15 yrPrevious$89,960,000
15 yrTotal$89,960,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
15 y 0 dPaul Kinzer1 year (2015)

Details
  • 1 year (2015). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 3/16/15 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.25M in majors. May earn additional $0.25M in performance bonuses. Released 3/31/15, re-signed by Kansas City as a free agent 4/1/15 (minor-league contract). Retired 5/19/15.
  • 1 year/$3.5M (2014). Signed by Miami as a free agent 12/5/13. Performance bonuses: $0.25M each for 450, 500, 525, 550, 575, 600 plate appearances.
  • 2 years (2012-13). Re-signed by St. Louis as a free agent 12/12/11. $1M signing bonus. 12:$6M, 13:$7M.
  • 3 years/$30M (2009-11). Re-signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 12/18/08. $3M signing bonus (deferred to Jan 30, 2012). 09:$6.5M, 10:$8.5M, 11:$12M, 12:$12M club option. Option guaranteed with 600 PAs in 2011. May earn additional $1M per year based on health. Limited no-trade protection. Acquired by St. Louis in trade from LA Dodgers 7/31/11. (Cardinals to pay about $1.4M of remaining 2011 salary.) St. Louis declined 2012 option 10/31/11.
  • 3 years/$39M (2006-08). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 12/05. $5M signing bonus. 06:$4M, 07:$13M, 08:$13M ($4M due 1/1/09).
  • 1 year/$5.6M (2005). Re-signed 1/05 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$3.7M (2004). Re-signed 1/04 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$2.2M (2003). Re-signed 1/03 (avoided arbitration).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-08-06 16:30:00 (link to chat)What other position players do you want to see pitch
(Michael from CT)
Rafael Furcal, Jean Segura, Delmon Young, Babe Ruth, but he's dead. (Cespedes Family BBQ)
2012-11-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi again, Mr. Luhnow-for-a-day-elsewhere. Trading Tulo and CarGo is an interesting idea, but for what? Simply try to stockpile as many power arms as possible? (Example: Tulo for Trevor Rosenthal, keeping in mind Rafael Furcal's dubious health. Who hangs up first, and what throw-ins might make the trade work?)
(BillJohnson from New Mexico)
Not necessarily just pitchers -- stockpile as many legit future big-leaguers as possible. That's what I feel like Luhnow has done in HOU. If you know you can't compete for at least 3 years, sell off everything that has value now but won't in 3 years (or whatever your time horizon is). Get stuff back that will have value in 3 to 6 years (or whatever).

Tulo for Rosenthal straight up seems like a massive overpay for Rosenthal. (Ian Miller)
2011-09-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jay, Looking at the Rays still in the pennant race, if they happen to miss out, how much blame can be placed on Friedman's refusal or reluctance to call up a few players (i.e. Jennings and Moore) who were obviously better than some of the guys they carried earlier (i.e. Sam Fuld)? Some people I know have been highly critical of Friedman, going so far as to accuse him of being incapable of making the right decisions to be able to win in the short-term when they are needed. While I don't agree with that explicitly, I'm wondering how good of a job you think Friedman has done this year, given those criticisms for not calling up better young players sooner in the season?
(Erik from Longwood, FL)
For as much as we laud their smarts in the grand scheme of things, the Rays' front office has made this year's squad's task harder than it needed to be. As popular and swell a guy as Sam Fuld may be, he should have been riding pine once his early-season hot streak ended, while Desmond Jennings played left field; instead Jennings languished at Durham until late July. The Moore decision is a more complicated one in that the Rays don't have a rotation spot for him and they have to mind the innings total of a 22-year-old, but as several have pointed out, he could have been doing Andy Sonnanstine's job if nothing else. As Kevin Goldstein argued (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=15036), the Rays probably should have been more aggressive in dealing to improve this season as well; even taking a flier on Rafael Furcal would have helped. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-09-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have Starlin Castro($3) and Elvis Andrus($9) in a keeper league and can only keep one, would you keep one over the other or neither?
(Mike from Chicago)
Starlin Castro every day, Mike. I have a giant fantasy crush on Castro, and was psyched when someone dealt him to me on a team I am rebuilding. He's 20 years old and has shown a ton of ability at the plate--I expect some more growth out of him. Rob McQuown and I have had this conversation a lot, but he reminds us of Rafael Furcal in a lot of ways (except Castro is at this point actually as young as he says he is) (Marc Normandin)
2010-02-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Dodgers' infield bats seem pretty mediocre going into Spring Training. Do we have any reason to be optimistic? Or should I figure they'll be flashing great leather (will they?) and that makes it a good tradeoff?
(Karl B from Philly)
OK, here's the glass half full scenarios:

James Loney will rebound from a couple of lousy years because his extreme L/R and Home/Road splits have been flukes.

• Blake DeWitt will claim the 2B job with a hot spring, and get by well enough, particularly with Jamie Carroll as his late-inning defensive caddy.

• Another year removed from back surgery, Rafael Furcal will be in good enough shape to flash his near-MVP form.

• Casey Blake hitting in the NL is just one more cue as to how wide the disparity is between leagues.

I don't believe all of those, and I don't know how many of them I actually do believe, but there's your rose-tinted-glasses scenario. At the very least, yes, they should be good defensively, though 2B is a concern. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-02-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)JJ How Ya doing??? Everth Cabrera ?? The Next Furcal ? or just a guy ?
(Jim from Philly)
Cabrera had a nice little season for the Padres last year, particularly for a Rule 5 pick who had never played above High-A. Furcal comes up as one of his PECOTA comps (Jimmy Rollins, Wally Backman, Rafael Furcal and Bip Roberts are the top four in the current weighted means spreadsheet). I'm not convinced Cabrera's got the plate discipline to match Furcal (who's not all that great in that regard) (Jay Jaffe)
2009-12-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)First off, have you played Demon's Souls and, if so, thoughts? The most frustratingly awesome game I've played in a long while (and I mean that in a good way). Secondly, what are your thoughts of a 'challenge trade' between the Dodgers and Mets: Mets get Russ Martin, Rafael Furcal and Juan Pierre; Dodgers get back Jose Reyes and The Contract Formerly Known As Luis Castillo.
(Silv from NY, NY)
Demon's Souls is in my top three of all games I have played this year, alongside Uncharted 2 and New Super Mario Bros. Wii. It's my pick for RPG of the year, and it should get recognition as a legitimate Game of the Year candidate, but I haven't written those articles for Blast quite yet.

I think Reyes will rebound, and I'm pretty sure the Mets feel the same way. I'm not so sure about Russ Martin, just because I wonder if he really was beaten into the ground by starting all of the time like everyone used to joke/worry he would be. I wouldn't do if if I were the Mets, but I would immediately make this move if I were the Dodgers. (Marc Normandin)
2008-12-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)S.I.'s Jon Heyman is reporting that the Yanks have signed Teixeira.
(David from Sonoma State University, CA)
If true that would be a big triumph for the Yankees, because they would have landed the best pickings from both halves of the market (and elected to put Swisher in an outfield corner). That said, I'm still laughing over the rush to assess Rafael Furcal's impact on the Braves. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-12-05 14:00:00 (link to chat)How concerned should A's fans be about signing Rafael Furcal to something like a 4-year deal worth $48 million, or something like that? Besides the fact that he hasn't had a healthy and productive season since 2006, the A's would also be getting his age 31 through 34 seasons. Surely better than Bobby Crosby (and anything on the farm), but seems like this potential signing would have a lot of risk.
(Dave from Chicago)
Agree completely. Furcal is high-risk, high-reward, but when it comes to the first half of the equation, tThe A's have an awful track record in assessing risk when it comes to player health, and perhaps in their health department entirely. Crosby, Chavez, Harden, Mulder... if they bite on Furcal, it's got the potential to blow up in their faces several times over. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)As Marc mentioned in his article today, the A's need to go after Rafael Furcal hard. Let's say he does sign in the 3/30 range or so. The Angels lose both K-Rod and Tex and played way over their heads with run differential as it was. A's have a shot at pushing the Angels next year?
(TLivingston from Sonoma, CA)
Kudos to Marc for another solid effort at BP.com. The thing I like about Marc, besides the nifty beard, which makes him look closer to 14 than his actual age of 13, is his cerebral approach. He's all about the evidence. Things are still too much in flux to make a ruling on the Angels--I don't think Arte Moreno takes his defections lying down and will spend some bucks to keep the team competitive... And little things like run differential have never troubled the Angels. It's easy to forget that the A's WERE pushing the Angels a bit this year before all the trades, but even with Furcal, I don't know if the offense will perk up enough -- there's just so much work to be done there, even with Holliday. I also don't know which Furcal you get. He's not the most consistent offensive player. (Steven Goldman)
2008-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are there any good comps to Todd Helton's back surgery and rehab? The man knows his strike zone, but is there a chance any of that power returns?
(jlewando from dc)
Rafael Furcal is a pretty good one. Hardly the same player or type, but showed that a player can come back to level pretty quickly. Helton's fast becoming Sean Casey, which isn't a bad thing, just not what he's being paid to be. (Will Carroll)
2008-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why will my Dodgers beat the Phillies in the NLCS? Who would you rather have long-term: Billingsley or Hamels?
(Joey Fatone from Hollywood)
The Dodgers are a much scarier team than their record indicates, thanks to their midseason additions and the return of Rafael Furcal to the fold. I think they have the better and more complete team right now, so I'm looking for them to come away the winners.

As for Billingsley versus Hamels, I'm a big fan of the Cole Train, but Billingsley's grew a lot as a pitcher this year. I think long-term, I'd go with Bills. (Marc Normandin)
2008-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)It appears from reports that Rafael Furcal is playing well however he has been playing second, any reason for that?
(BH from Los Angeles)
Furcal's at second because the Dominican League teams are stocked with shortstops, so he's been willing to move to the other side of the keystone. Question is, is that the strongest arm that's ever played at second? It's like bringing an MX missile to a paintgun fight. (Derek Jacques)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-10-21 17:00:00NLCS Game 5Rafael Furcal is having a worse week than Steve Phillips. (John Perrotto)
 

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