Rafael Furcal, according to Ken Rosenthal, will sign with the Braves today. Why does this deserve a FanPost? I’m not sure that it does, but it could have tangential influence on the Cubs’ offseason. The Cubs were not going after him, but they do have a standing order out there for a leadoff hitter, and a lefty/switch hitter. Many of us have also been wishcasting that the team would go after a “proper” shortstop, given the fact that one of Lou’s three second baseman plays there now. Guess that fantasy won’t materialize.
This could also help accelerate movement in the free agent market, given another big name will have signed. It looks like the Braves probably matched the A’s four-year, $40 million offer (although the last year may be an option year based on incentives).