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  1. Rafael Furcal to begin minor league rehab assignment tonight

    Apr 14, 2014, 7:50 PM EDT

    Rafael Furcal Marlins

    Rafael Furcal will begin a rehab assignment tonight and could join the Marlins in early May if all goes well.

  2. Jeff Baker to bat cleanup for Marlins on Opening Day

    Mar 30, 2014, 1:25 PM EDT

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    From Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald comes the Marlins’ lineup plan for Opening Day … With Rafael Furcal headed to the disabled list, Christian Yelich will lead off. [Manager Mike Redmond] said that means Adeiny Hechavarria could bat second, followed by Giancarlo Stanton and Jeff Baker, who will be the Opening Day second baseman against Colorado lefty Jorge De La Rosa. Placido Polanco…

  3. Rafael Furcal’s comeback will begin on the disabled list

    Mar 27, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT

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    After missing all of last season following Tommy John elbow surgery Rafael Furcal signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Marlins, but his comeback has hit an immediate snag. Furcal hasn’t played since March 15 because of a strained hamstring, so he’ll begin the season on the disabled list and either Jeff Baker or…

  4. The Marlins are upset about the Red Sox’s travel roster

    Mar 6, 2014, 3:48 PM EDT

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    According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel, the Marlins will be contacting the league office after the Red Sox declined to bring any of their established regulars to Palm Beach for Thursday’s spring training game. While teams are supposed to bring at least four “regulars” to road spring games, the rule has always…

  5. 2014 Preview: Miami Marlins

    Mar 4, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Miami Marlins. The Big Question: Can the Marlins lose fewer than 100 games? The Marlins lost exactly 100 games…

  6. Buster Olney doesn’t think Vizquel, Tejada, Nomar were shortstops

    Feb 24, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

    Buster Olney

    Let the record show that I gave fair warning: I thought Buster Olney might adjust his lists from Monday’s ESPN Insider column after being presented with the glaring omissions. Alas, I was ignored. The bulk of Olney’s column today was designed to point out how totally not overrated Derek Jeter is. He dives into the…

  7. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  8. The Marlins are reportedly interested in Rickie Weeks

    Dec 11, 2013, 10:57 PM EDT

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    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Marlins are interested in a trade for Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks. Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors confirms the report. It’s an odd fit on the surface, as the Marlins just signed Rafael Furcal to a one-year deal last week to be their second baseman.…

  9. Marlins agree to one-year deal with Rafael Furcal

    Dec 5, 2013, 9:41 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that Furcal will get $3 million plus incentives. 10:02 p.m. ET: Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel hears that Furcal will receive $3.5 million on the one-year deal in additional to playing time incentives. 9:41 p.m. ET: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins…

  10. The Mets showed interest in Rafael Furcal, then reconsidered

    Nov 30, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Adam Rubin reported that the Mets had shown interest in free agent shortstop Rafael Furcal now that Jhonny Peralta is off the board and spending a lot of money on Stephen Drew is an unappetizing thought. Furcal is now 36 years old and missed all of the 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. It…

  11. Eight teams have checked in on Rafael Furcal

    Nov 25, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT

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    Just to further underline this morning’s point about shortstop being a thin position in baseball, thereby explaining Jhonny Peralta‘s contract … The Pirates are one of eight teams to check in on free agent SS Rafael Furcal, according to his agent — Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) November 25, 2013   Eight teams on a 36 year-old…

  12. Cardinals prepared to trade young starting pitching this winter for a shortstop upgrade

    Nov 10, 2013, 5:39 PM EDT

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    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak is not being shy about his primary offseason strategy: Mozeliak made it clear to us this morning that he’d like to trade a young “starting pitcher”: for a “young controllable shortstop” XM 89 — JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) November 10, 2013 There are a couple of shortstop options on the free agent…

  13. “A bunch of teams moving quick” on Stephen Drew

    Nov 10, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

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    Because he received a qualifying offer from the Red Sox and signing him will require the forfeiture of a top draft pick, there was some thought that free agent shortstop Stephen Drew might struggle to attract multiple lucrative offers on the open market this offseason. But that apparently won’t be the case. A source told…

  14. Mets interested in Rafael Furcal

    Nov 5, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT

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    In their search for a shortstop alternative to Ruben Tejada the Mets “have contacted” Rafael Furcal, according to Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star Ledger. Castillo reports that Jhonny Peralta and Stephen Drew are the Mets’ top shortstop targets, but if both get out of their price range (or they decide not to give up…

  15. Cardinals could trade Lance Lynn or Shelby Miller this offseason for a new shortstop

    Nov 3, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch speculates on a possible offseason trade: With Carlos Martinez meriting a look-see as a starter — and [Trevor] Rosenthal wanting the same — it’s increasingly likely that general manager John Mozeliak shops Lance Lynn or Shelby Miller to simultaneously create an opening while addressing a core need at…

  16. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  17. Cardinals will be back … and often

    Oct 31, 2013, 12:24 AM EDT

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    It’s going to be a somber plane ride back to St. Louis for the Cardinals following Wednesday night’s World Series ouster at Fenway Park, but these birds will be playing on big stages for years and years to come. There may not be a team in baseball that is better-poised for an extended run of…

  18. Cardinals’ injuries taking a toll with elimination near

    Oct 6, 2013, 9:03 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau, Matt Adams

    In some ways, the Cardinals are better off than most. They don’t lose much at first base with Matt Adams filling in for Allen Craig, and they’re still fine in the ninth since Trevor Rosenthal replaced the sore-shouldered Edward Mujica in the closer’s role. But the truth is that both injuries played huge roles in…

  19. 2013 Preview: The National League Central

    Mar 28, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

    Dusty Baker

    For the past few days we’ve been previewing the 2013 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the National League Central. The Reds got amazing consistency from their starting pitching and won 97 games. With a revamped outfield, can they maintain that pace? The Cardinals lost Chris Carpenter and Rafael Furcal.…

  20. 2013 Preview: St. Louis Cardinals

    Mar 24, 2013, 8:43 AM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The St. Louis Cardinals. The Big Question: Can the Cards keep rolling? The Cardinals have made the playoffs nine times…

  21. Cardinals release Ronny Cedeno

    Mar 19, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT

    Ronny Cedeno

    Not only did the Cardinals choose Pete Kozma over Ronny Cedeno to replace Rafael Furcal as their starting shortstop, they aren’t even keeping Cedeno as a bench player. Cedeno, who has eight seasons and nearly 2,500 plate appearances of experience, was released today despite signing a one-year, $1.15 million contract in January. Considering the Cardinals’…

  22. Pete Kozma is the Cardinals’ starting shortstop

    Mar 18, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Pete Kozma

    There’s been no official announcement in the wake of Rafael Furcal‘s season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery, but manager Mike Matheny made it clear that Pete Kozma will be the Cardinals’ starting shortstop. That’s no surprise, as Kozma played shockingly well down the stretch last season after stepping into the lineup for the injured Furcal and…

  23. The Cardinals are interested in Yuniesky Betancourt

    Mar 17, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

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    Shortstop Rafael Furcal will miss the entire 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, leaving the Cardinals in a bit of a pickle. Pete Kozma and Ronny Cedeno are next in line, but the Cardinals are looking for a more established player from outside the organization. That player just might be Yuniesky Betancourt, reports Nick…

  24. Report: Cardinals interested in Lucas Harrell and Bud Norris

    Mar 16, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

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    Now that Rafael Furcal is done for the season following Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, it’s not surprising to hear that the Cardinals are asking around about shortstops. But this report from MLB Network’s Peter Gammons indicates that they are also in the market for a starting pitcher. Cards are asking about a SS as…

  25. Rafael Furcal had Tommy John surgery today

    Mar 15, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT

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    Rafael Furcal had Tommy John surgery today. You’ll be shocked to hear that it was successful.  He also had a bone spur removed from his right elbow, reports the St. Louis Post-Disptach. He did not spring for the undercoating, however. As of a week ago, Furcal was given a 6-8 month recovery window, which will cost…

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