Dodgers - Signed Furcal
Los Angeles Dodgers - Signed SS Rafael Furcal to a 3-year, $39 million contract.
$14 million a year is pricey, but it’s not troublesome at only 3 years and it’s not as if there were a whole bunch of terrific options at short out in the market. The main question here is what the Dodgers do when Izturis comes back, but it’s probably smart that the Dodgers move on without him and then worry about it when he’s back and healthy. You don’t want to sit on your hands, wait for Izturis to come back, and discover that 2004 didn’t come back with him. They’re talking about moving him to 2nd, but if Izturis isn’t the shortstop, he has very limited value, so the Dodgers, in that case, might be better off trying to find a trade partner that still remembers his great defense and acceptable hitting from before the injury. Furcal’s a better fit in the leadoff spot than Izturis, too.
Colletti really didn’t have much choice but to overpay Furcal. There’s no rebuilding in Los Angeles - McCourt simply doesn’t have the patience required to execute a long-term plan. The contract’s short enough that it doesn’t cripple the team if things go awry, afoul, or even askew.
2006 ZiPS Projection - Rafael Furcal
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG
644 105 181 28 7 15 77 59 87 26 .281 .341 .416
Posted: December 04, 2005 at 04:38 PM | 41 comment(s)
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