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Free agent shortstop Rafael Furcal has agreed in principle to a three-year contract with the Dodgers, The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday night on its Web site.
The Times, citing an unnamed source close to the negotiations, said the deal will pay Furcal nearly $40 million. His agent, Paul Kinzer, said he could not immediately confirm that the deal was completed.
The Associated Press, citing a person familiar with the negotiations said late Saturday night, also reported that Furcal and the Dodgers were on the verge of completing a deal.
Furcal, who has played six major-league seasons for the Atlanta Braves, has a .284 career batting average. Last season, he batted .284 with 31 doubles, 11 triples, 12 home runs and 46 stolen bases. He drove in 58 runs and posted a .981 fielding average with 15 errors in 152 games.
Furcal, 28, the 2000 NL Rookie of the Year, was expected to take a physical within a day or two to complete the deal.
Furcal chose the Dodgers over the Braves and the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs reportedly offered Furcal $50 million over five years, while the Braves offered $36 million over four years.
Damn… Just, damn…