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AJC Rafael Furcal's price tag continues to rise with two teams now offering more money than the Braves. The Dodgers have offered the free-agent shortstop a three-year deal worth $39 million, a person familiar with negotiations told the Journal-Constitution on Friday. Los Angeles' bid came on the heels of a five-year pitch worth nearly $50 million from the Cubs. The Dodgers' deal would make Furcal the second-highest-paid shortstop behind the Yankees' Derek Jeter, who makes nearly $20 millon annually. For comparison, White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, who is a year older (29) than Furcal and has more homers and RBIs than all but three major leaguers in the past two seasons, just signed a five-year, $60 million deal. ... That is freaking insane. I've watched Furcal for 6 seasons, and if they want him that bad they can have him. He's good, but not nearly THAT good.

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