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Will He Stay or Will He Go?

So Rafael Furcal's agent says his client is looking for a 5 year, $50 million contract. If that's the case, we might as well close the chapter on the Braves six year veteran right now. With an $80 million budget, there's no way Atlanta will spend nearly 13% of its budget on a player not named Andruw Jones or John Smoltz. The bigger question is, how can Furcal be justified in asking for $10 million per year? Let's take a look at the career numbers:

SEASON  TEAM  G  AB  R  H  2B  3B  HR  RBI  TB  BB  SO  SB  CS  OBP  SLG  AVG
2000     Atlanta 131 455 87 134 20 4 4 37 174 73 80 40 14 .394 .382 .295
2001     Atlanta  79 324 39 89 19 0 4 30 120 24 56 22 6 .321 .370 .275
2002     Atlanta 154 636 95 175 31 8 8 47 246 43 114 27 15 .323 .387 .275
2003     Atlanta 156 664 130 194 35 10 15 61 294 60 76 25 2 .352 .443 .292
2004     Atlanta 143 563 103 157 24 5 14 59 233 58 71 29 6 .344 .414 .279
2005     Atlanta 154 616 100 175 31 11 12 58 264 62 78 46 10 .348 .429 .284

Career Totals    817 3258 554 924 160 38 57 292 1331 320 475 189 53 .348 .409 .284

On the surface, asking for $10 million per season for a .284/.348/.409 career hitter seems ludicrous. But then again, does Edgar Renteria ring a bell? Let's look at Edgar's "stellar" career...

SEASON  TEAM  G  AB  R  H  2B  3B  HR  RBI  TB  BB  SO  SB  CS  OBP  SLG  AVG
1996     Florida 106 431 68 133 18 3 5 31 172 33 68 16 2 .358 .399 .309
1997     Florida 154 617 90 171 21 3 4 52 210 45 108 32 15 .327 .340 .277
1998     Florida 133 517 79 146 18 2 3 31 177 48 78 41 22 .347 .342 .282
1999     St. Louis 154 585 92 161 36 2 11 63 234 53 82 37 8 .334 .400 .275
2000     St. Louis 150 562 94 156 32 1 16 76 238 63 77 21 13 .346 .423 .278
2001     St. Louis 141 493 54 128 19 3 10 57 183 39 73 17 4 .314 .371 .260
2002     St. Louis 152 544 77 166 36 2 11 83 239 49 57 22 7 .364 .439 .305
2003     St. Louis 157 587 96 194 47 1 13 100 282 65 54 34 7 .394 .480 .330
2004     St. Louis 149 586 84 168 37 0 10 72 235 39 78 17 11 .327 .401 .287
2005     Boston    153 623 100 172 36 4 8 70 240 55 100 9 4 .335 .385 .276

Career Totals     1449 5545 834 1595 300 21 91 635 2210 489 775 246 93 .345 .399 .288

As my good friend Marc Normandin over at Beyond the Box Score so often reminds me, there's no way Edgar Renteria deserved the 4 year, $40 million deal that the Red Sox gave him.

So on one hand, Furcal is justified asking for $10 million/year since that is what the market awarded Renteria. On the other hand, would you pay $10 million/year for a good, but not great, shortstop? Well, that's the $100,000 question, isn't it?

I know my answer, and I'm pretty sure I know Marc's...NO WAY!