Earlier this week we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates had shown interest in shortstop Rafael Furcal. On Saturday, we heard the same reports from Furcal himself, who told Enrique Rojas of ESPN that "many teams have shown interest", and named the Pirates as one of those teams. So far, both reports have come from the Furcal camp, with the first report coming from his agent.
This seems like a good time to point out the many possibilities that come from the word "interest". It's a very vague term that gets thrown around during the off-season, when teams are checking on pretty much every single player. The truth is that most teams have "shown interest" in a lot of players they aren't going to sign. That's because "interest" could just mean checking on his price, seeing if the player is healthy, or considering him as a Plan B, Plan C, or for a role that would be less than what he'd get from other teams.
The best way to illustrate "interest" is to look at Furcal from the Mets' perspecti...
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