Update 7:00 PM
Well, so much for that, huh? According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, a Mets executive has told him that Furcal is no longer an option. The Mets are apparently concerned with his health. Furcal was supposed to start throwing this week.
Rafael Furcal told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes that the Mets are among a few teams that have shown interest in his services for next season. Furcal also lists the Red Sox, Marlins, Nationals, Pirates, and Rockies as teams who have contacted him. He noted that the teams have shown varying degrees of interest.
He also indicated that his determining factors for choosing a landing spot would be playing for a contender and playing time overall. He explained that he would be willing to split time between second base and shortstop, but at this stage in his career, it makes sense that he would want to play for a contender. He said that at this point, he does not “play for money” so it does seem like he won’t be an expensive pick-up.
However, considering the Mets state of affairs, there might be more appealing teams for Furcal to sign on with. He is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery and will be re-evaluated in two weeks to see if he can increase his rehab workload.