Furcal decision at hand

Free agent shortstop Rafael Furcal will accept an offer from one of four teams by Tuesday, his agent, Paul Kinzer, said Monday afternoon.

Furcal is considering offers from the Oakland A’s, Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals and one other team, Kinzer said, adding that the Toronto Blue Jays no longer are in the bidding.

The A’s are believed to be the only team in for four years, at about $40 million. The Dodgers, concerned whether Furcal’s back will hold up over the course of a long-term deal, have offered a two-year contract with a vesting option for a third season. Kinzer recently asked the Dodgers to consider guaranteeing the third year.

Asked if, as things stand, he would take the A’s offer, Kinzer said, “I can’t say that yet.”

He added, “We’re going to make a decision soon. By [Tuesday].”

Furcal played the last three seasons with the Dodgers, hitting .357 in 36 games played during an injury-plagued 2008. He is a career .286 hitter who has stolen 20 or more bases eight times in his career. He began his major league career with the Atlanta Braves.

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Updated Monday, Dec 15, 2008