Rafael Furcal

Marlins agree to sign free agent SS Rafael Furcal

The Marlins have agreed to sign free agent SS Rafael Furcal to a one-year contract (Rosenthal, Dec. 5) to be their starting second baseman.

The deal is pending a physical and believed to be worth $3.5 million plus incentives (Rodriguez, Dec. 5).

The Mets were very interested in Furcal when free agency started, but their interest faded shortly after that (Sherman, Nov. 27)

Michael Baron, Contributor

Furcal was never really a fit for the Mets, who need more than what Furcal might be able to provide. He would have been fine on a minor league deal or if tried out as a backup. However, it seems the Marlins have given him a guaranteed roster spot… so good for him.

Furcal, 36, played in 121 games with St. Louis in 2012, but did not play at all in 2013 due to Tommy John surgery. He is a career .281 hitter with a .346 OBP over 13 seasons.

Julio Rivera
Julio Rivera

Wow that's crazy that as a big market team were being beaten to the punch on second tier player's.