Braves Prez Calls Furcal's Dealings 'Despicable'

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 19, 2008 6:27 PM CST
Shortstop Rafael Furcal, back when he was on the Braves, plays at US Cellular Field on July 15, 2003 in Chicago, Illinois.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Braves president John Schuerholz has vowed to never again do business with Rafael Furcal's agents, whom Schuerholz has accused of conducting "despicable" dealings with the team, the AP reports. Schuerholz and Braves general manager Frank Wren were quoted as saying the Wasserman Media Group negotiated dishonestly by taking the team's signed terms of agreement sheet for Furcal to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who then reached a preliminary agreement Wednesday to re-sign the shortstop.

Schuerholz said he would never make an offer for any other player represented by the agency, which includes Kinzer and agents Arn Tellem, Adam Katz and Joel Wolfe. Tellem heads the baseball practice. "Having been in this business for 40-some years, I've never seen anybody treated like that," Schuerholz said. "It was disgusting and unprofessional. We're a proud organization, and we won't allow ourselves to be treated that way."