A's Opt Out of Furcal Sweepstakes

The Oakland A's have pulled out of the Rafael Furcal sweepstakes after the free-agent shortstop rejected their four-year contract offer. Furcal's agent, Paul Kinzer, told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that Furcal declined the A's proposal, which was believed to be in the range of $35 million to $40 million.

The A's gave Furcal a deadline to accept their offer and when he rejected the deal, team officials informed Kinzer they would move on to other pursuits.

Kinzer said he continues to talk with the Dodgers about re-signing Furcal, and plans to meet again with other interested clubs at the winter meetings in Las Vegas.

The A's granted Furcal's request for a four-year contract, but their offer represented a pay cut from his $13 million average salary over three years with the Dodgers.

Furcal has pursued a four-year proposal, but Kinzer said a lot of other things go into it."

The Giants talked to Furcal before signing free agent Edgar Renteria on Thursday to a two-year, $18.5 million contract.

Furcal, a switch-hitting leadoff man, played in only 36 games for the Dodgers last season, batting .357 with a .439 on-base percentage and .573 slugging percentage. He is a career .286 hitter with a .352 OBP.

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