Nov 24

Furcal said Mets made offer

Infielder Rafael Furcal told the Spanish newspaper El Caribe the Oakland Athletics offered him a $48-million, four-year contract, and that the Mets also made a proposal.

Furcal did not specify the Mets’ offer and the team has not confirmed.

Said Furcal: “The offer from the Athletics and the New York Mets looks tempting. … There are several factors that we have to evaluate.’’

I don’t know the reliability of El Caribe, but those numbers see way too high, especially with the Mets’ needs. I certainly can’t see paying Furcal that kind of money with Luis Castillo still around.

Nov 13

Free-agent All-Star Team

If I didn’t do it, you knew somebody would. I’m sure many of you were doing the exercise in your mind. Of the available free-agents, this would make a pretty good team.

1B: Mark Teixeira LAA
2B: Orlando Hudson ARZ
SS: Rafael Furcal LAD
3B: Casey Blake LAD
C: Ivan Rodriguez NYY
OF: Manny Ramirez LAD
OF: Adam Dunn ARZ
OF: Jim Edmonds CHC
OF: Pat Burrell PHI

Starters/
A.J. Burnett TOR
C.C. Sabathia MIL
Derek Lowe LAD
Ryan Dempster CHC
Oliver Perez NYM

Bullpen/
Joe Beimel LAD
Brian Fuentes COL (set-up)
Juan Cruz ARZ
Francisco Rodriguez LAA (closer)