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Brewers, Giants eyeing Rafael Furcal

Jul 28, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT

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Rafael Furcal has hit just .195/.267/.241 during an injury-plagued 2011 season, but with so little shortstop help available, he’s drawing interest from the Brewers and Giants, according to reports.’s Ken Rosenthal says the Brewers, who have long held interest in fellow Dodgers infielder Jamey Carroll, are doing background work on Furcal.  Rosenthal adds that the Dodgers will trade one of the infielders, but not both.

ESPN’s Jayson Stark mentioned San Francisco’s interest.  The Giants have already picked up Jeff Keppinger and Carlos Beltran in recent days, but a healthy Furcal could be a big upgrade over the three-headed shortstop monster of Mike Fontenot, Miguel Tejada and Brandon Crawford.

It doesn’t make a lot of sense that the Dodgers would trade only one: even if they moved both, they’d still have Dee Gordon, Juan Uribe and Aaron Miles as middle-infield options.  Carroll is the better bet to go now, since there is widespread demand for him and his salary won’t get in the way.  Furcal, who is still owed nearly $5 million, will likely clear waivers, making him a possibility for an August deal.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    “eyeing”? I am telling you that “they are all over him”. They are most certainly “zeroing in on him”.

    • natstowngreg - Jul 28, 2011 at 9:14 PM

      On the “interested in [insert player name]” scale, which is higher — “all over him” or “zeroing in on him?” Inquiring minds want to know.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2011 at 10:40 PM

        Ask Rosenthal.

  2. losburrosinblue - Jul 28, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    I would much rather see Furcal go than Carroll. Carroll’s got hustle and doesn’t get hurt every 2 weeks. His contract is also a bargain for his character and ability. In a perfect world, they’d send Uribe out the door as well – anyone who swings like that with two strikes needs to get some fine-tuning at AAA.

    • TheBlindUmp - Jul 29, 2011 at 1:15 AM

      What? You’re not pleased that they “stole” Uribe from the Giants? Nice 2 year contract btw. Looks like another good Sabean move to me! Although it’s kind of sad to see the state of the Fogers, a shadow of their former selves. As a Gigantes fan, the rivalry doesn’t mean as much in their current state! Much more fun to beat a good team. Go Giants!

      • Jeff M. - Jul 29, 2011 at 2:41 PM

        Although it pains me to have to correct you on this, Uribe actually has a *3* year contract.

  3. pipkin42 - Jul 28, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    And yet the Orioles gave Hardy 3 years…

  4. skerney - Jul 29, 2011 at 12:45 AM

    SF+Furcal = NL Champions.

    • TheBlindUmp - Jul 29, 2011 at 1:16 AM

      ha ha ha, nice one. We don’t want any more Mendoza line hitters!

  5. TheBlindUmp - Jul 29, 2011 at 1:22 AM

    “Most likely clear waivers”…lol…
    He can’t stay healthy and he can’t hit. Please, Brian, please…just say “NO”!!! We’re happy with the 3 headed monster. Don’t give them revenge for the Uribe thing!

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