Jays inquire about sweet Furcal
Shortstop Rafael Furcal's agent Paul Kinzer is using his well-publicized meeting with Jays' GM J.P. Ricciardi to sweeten the pot with his other suitors, the Dodgers, A's and Royals.
It's a common manouever by agents to bring in more teams and exaggerate their interest in order to add negotiating power.
As far as the Jays go, Ricciardi said yesterday that the only player he was allowed to spend Burnett's money on was Burnett. Furcal has already reportedly turned down an offer from the A's for four years and $35 million. That means it's likely that $40 million for four years is what it would take.
That would mean the Jays would have to trade current salary, for instance the $7 million per year of Lyle Overbay and then dump a guy that's become eligible for arbitration. That takes care of '09, but what about the next few years when Wells, Rios and Hill all jump into the sub-stratosphere money-wise and Rogers isn't sure where they'll be with the economy? It ain't gonna happen.