Nov 3, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT
Veteran shortstop Rafael Furcal hit .255/.316/.418 and launched seven home runs in 50 games after joining the Cardinals via a mid-summer trade.
He also upgraded St. Louis’ infield defense significantly while managing to stay healthy through the end of the Redbirds’ victorious World Series run.
Pleased with that performance, the St. Louis front office has expressed interest in retaining Furcal for the 2012 season. They even had discussions with him back in mid-August about re-upping. But it might not be such an easy or quick deal to work out.
According to beat writer Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Furcal has already drawn interest from a “half dozen teams” since he officially became a free agent late Wednesday night.
Furcal has expressed a desire to remain in St. Louis, where he just earned his first World Series ring, but, at the age of 34, he’s likely to chase the richest contract he can find. And it might not come from the Cards.