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Cardinals decline options on Rafael Furcal and Octavio Dotel

Nov 1, 2011, 12:54 AM EDT

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The Cardinals have declined the 2012 options for Rafael Furcal and Octavio Dotel, according to the Associated Press.

Furcal’s option was worth $12 million, so it was a no-brainer to pay the $1.3 million buyout. The 34-year-old shortstop batted .231/.298/.348 with eight homers, 28 RBI and nine stolen bases over 369 plate appearances this season between the Cardinals and Dodgers. He really struggled offensively during the postseason and was even dropped in the batting order during the World Series, but the Cardinals have expressed interest in bringing him back in 2012.

As for Dotel, he will receive a $750,000 buyout rather than $3.5 million next season. The 37-year-old right-hander posted a 3.50 ERA and 62/17 K/BB ratio over 54 innings between the Cardinals and Blue Jays during the regular season and a 2.61 ERA and 14/2 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings during the postseason. He qualifies as a Type A free agent.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 1, 2011 at 7:12 AM

    Dotel is in a tough spot if he is offered arbitration by the Cardinals. Since he is a type A Free Agent, nobody would want to sign him and give up the draft pick. He would have to accept arbitration.

    • plmathfoto - Nov 1, 2011 at 7:38 AM

      Yes, but I’m not sure of the numbers, but if he accepts arbitration my guess is he’ll get more money than the option that wasn’t picked up, especially considering his buyout money too.

  2. nlucas550 - Nov 1, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    3.5 Million for Dotel seems like a bargain. Dotel came in and got huge out for STL in the postseason. Despite what Motte has done in the 9th inning, I still think he is vulnerable. Dotel had the most swing and miss rate of any Cardinal reliever in the postseason.

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