The New York Mets may have big dreams in regards to landing a quality shortstop this offseason, but just in case they don’t, they’re making the rounds which includes contacting Rafael Furcal, which is exactly what they did according to the Newark Star Ledger:
But they are not the only possibilities and the Mets could consider a cheaper option. One is Rafael Furcal and the Mets have contacted the veteran Furcal, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person requested anonymity to speak freely on the matter.
Furcal, 36, missed the entire 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery and was relatively sub-par for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012, whom he last played for.
Prior to Furcal’s surgery, he hit .264 with 49 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 151 games, though did have a respectable .325 on base percentage considering his low average. Add in the last range on defense and it’s certainly a questionable idea, especially with names like Stephen Drew and Jhonny Peralta available in the free agent market. Of course, they come at a much higher price tag but the Mets shouldn’t have that many financial concerns.