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It's about Rafael Furcal:

Rafael Furcal and his agents have quietly spent the week meeting personally with the Cubs and Braves. A meeting with Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti was scheduled for Tuesday night.

Those sessions signal that the Cubs, Braves and Dodgers are the three teams left in what was once a furious scramble to sign the best free-agent shortstop on the market.

The article goes on to say that the Braves might ask Furcal for a "hometown discount".

I seriously doubt that the Dodgers are a real player in this scenario -- they may be doing this because Frank McCourt wants to make a MSM splash.

Hey, this next line is for that rumor site:

I think Furcal will sign with the Cubs before the week is out.

UPDATE [2005-11-29 16:12:20 by Al]:

The free-agent market has officially gone off the deep end.

The Blue Jays are apparently about to offer Brian Giles -- you sitting down? -- a 5-year, $55 million deal. That is just nuts.

UPDATE [2005-11-29 19:58:27 by Al]:

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes in tomorrow's editions that:

Braves free-agent shortstop Rafael Furcal is leaning toward signing with the Chicago Cubs.

A source familiar with negotiations said Furcal received a five-year offer from the Cubs that was significantly greater than he was offered by the Braves, both in dollars and contract length.

Cross your fingers, Cub fans. I think good news is coming very soon.