Furcal spent most of Tuesday visiting with A's officials and touring the East Bay. The trip left a favorable impression according to his agent, Paul Kinzer, who described the A's as "right in at the top of the list" of teams the free agent shortstop is considering.
Kinzer had yet to hear from the A's on Wednesday when he was contacted, so there's no indication when a contract offer might come.
Kinzer was quoted in an mlb.com story saying Furcal would like to narrow his choice to two teams "before Monday or Tuesday," and that four teams remain in consideration.
Kinzer said it's possible that Furcal will visit other teams. The Giants are thought to be one of those teams interested, even as they've had dialogue with fellow free agent Edgar Renteria's camp.
A couple of the other teams rumored to be in the mix seem like longshots. The Atlanta Braves, with whom Furcal spent his first six big league seasons, figure to only pursue him if they trade current starting shortstop Yunel Escobar. The Los Angeles Dodgers, where Furcal played the past three seasons, don't appear keen on offering him the four-year deal he's thought to be seeking.
The Chicago Cubs also have been connected to him.
Although Furcal required surgery last season for a lower back injury that limited him to 36 games, the A's reportedly have seen his health
Working in the A's favor: Furcal is familiar with manager Bob Geren, having played for him on a Dominican winter league team, Kinzer said.
Furcal received a tour of the Oakland Coliseum and downtown Oakland on Tuesday, and Geren showed him around the East Bay communities where some of the A's players live.
"He enjoyed the trip," Kinzer said. "He got a better feel for the city and area."
A report Tuesday suggested the A's also have interest in trading for Washington Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson, who has one year left on a contract that pays him $5.5 million in 2009.
Though the A's are in the market for help at the first base/DH spot, it's unclear how serious they are about Johnson. It's widely thought they'll make a run at signing free agent Jason Giambi.
Also, the Seattle Times is reporting that it's all but guaranteed A's hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo will leave to become the Mariners' new bench coach. But Van Burkleo told MediaNews on Wednesday that he had yet to hear from Seattle about an interview.
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