Monday, April 21, 2008

Raffy and the Dodgers talking extension

I'm willing to look for any sort of good news after that horrific performance over the weekend in Atlanta. I think I just found it.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Rafael Furcal and the Dodgers are willing to talk about extending his contract during the season. From what I've seen in the past, usually top stars would rather not be bothered talking during the season, instead opting to wait until its conclusion. This is definitely a good sign.

He's in the final year of his 3-year/$39 million contract, of which he is earning $13 million this year. Now that he's healthy, he is proving once again why he is one of the top SS in the league. Currently he has numbers of .391 AVG, .494 OBP, 8 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 4 SB. He's hit in the leadoff spot in every game and has been virtually the only sure thing in the Dodgers' lineup. His value is increasing with each game he plays.

I like the aggressive move of Ned Colletti to try and lock him up. Even with prospects like Chin-lung Hu and Tony Abreu waiting in the wings, Furcal is a legit All-Star and deserves a fat new contract. While Colletti has been criticized for giving big contracts to players like Juan Pierre and Jason Schmidt, signing Furcal would be met with open arms.

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