Bruce Hurst on Friday rejected the St. Louis Cardinals' three-year, $5.1 million offer and has reduced his final candidates to two: Boston or San Diego.

Hurst's agent, Nick Lampros, Friday night said: "Everybody's going to be given a final opportunity to make their best offer, then it's a decision-making process for Bruce. We're not going to drag this thing on. It's pretty close."Hurst is in Utah until Sunday night.

The Red Sox may sweeten their offer ($5 million over three years, two guaranteed) one more time, and word from San Diego is that owner Joan Kroc has stepped in and ordered that money not get in the way of acquiring Hurst. San Diego has offered $4.7 million for three years (two guaranteed), but San Diego sources claim the Padres will go as high as $5.5 million.

"It's kind of like it's up to me now," Hurst said Friday night from his home in St. George.