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The Cardinals would like to bring Rafael Furcal back next year

Sep 5, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

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Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals are very interested in retaining Rafael Furcal after the season ends.

Furcal, a free agent-to-be, hasn’t hit for average since coming over from the Dodgers, but he has played slick defense and has flashed nice power in his short time in St. Louis.  Given how poor the non-Pujols portions of the Cardinals infield has been this season, he would represent a considerable upgrade if brought back and if he’s healthy in 2012.  Of course Furcal being healthy is not the sort of thing one bets the farm on.

And it’s also worth noting that Furcal isn’t exactly the Cardinals’ number one free agent priority coming up after the season ends. They have a first baseman who’s pretty good and has probably earned himself a contract of some sort.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Sep 5, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    I suppose retaining Furcal makes sense for next year, there’s not alot available via the free agent market and nothing close to ready on the farm which probably makes Furcal their best option.

    Furcal the best option, that’s scary.

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