Monday Dec. 22, 2008
SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Rafael Furcal denies he reneged on a deal with the Atlanta Braves last week before agreeing to a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
After his arrival in the Dominican Republic to play winter ball, the veteran shortstop told reporters "We never gave the nod to the Braves."
Braves president John Schuerholz and general manager Frank Wren were quoted in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as saying Furcal's agent asked the Braves to send a signed letter of agreement, then reached a deal with the Dodgers.
Furcal hit .357 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 36 games last season. He had back surgery in July and was sidelined until the season's final week. He started each of the Dodgers' eight postseason games.
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