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SS Furcal turns down Oakland's offer

Updated: December 6, 2008, 6:45 PM ET
By Buster Olney | ESPN.com

Talks between Oakland and shortstop Rafael Furcal broke down Friday after Furcal's side rejected a multiyear offer that was essentially take-it-or-leave-it from the Athletics.

"They needed some freedom to make the moves they needed to -- that's fine," Furcal's agent, Paul Kinzer, told Foxsports.com, which reported the offer was for four years at $35 million‑$40 million.

The market for Furcal has never really developed; if you were to draw up a list of five players ...

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