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Furcal to Cardinals deal done

Posted on: July 30, 2011 2:37 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2011 12:09 pm
 
The Cardinals officially obtained the shortstop they were seeking on Sunday morning when Rafael Furcal waived his no-trade clause and the deal with the Dodgers was formalized: Furcal heads to St. Louis, and the Cardinals send Double A outfielder Alex Castellanos to the Dodgers, along with $2.5 million.

In the midst of rearranging things on the fly while trying to fend off the Brewers, Pirates and Reds in the NL Central, the Cardinals shipped center fielder Colby Rasmus to Toronto the other day for pitching help, and now are close to filling a huge hole at shortstop.

They've been going with Ryan Theriot and Daniel Descalso. But they moved him to second base on Saturday against the Cubs for his first start there.

Furcal in the past has been a dynamic shortstop and top-of-the-order player, but he has battled injuries all season. An oblique strain struck him early in the year and, consequently, Furcal is hitting a career-low .197 with a .272 on-base percentage and a .248 slugging percentage. A switch-hitter whose game normally is getting on base and running, Furcal has been limited to 15 runs in just 37 games in 2011.

However, he's feeling better now than he has all season, and he's getting healthy at the right time. Over the past two weeks, Furcal has batted .270 with a .400 on-base percentage in 11 games, and over the past seven days, he's hit .333 with a .455 on-base percentage in five games.

Approximately $4 million remains from Furcal's $12 million salary through the rest of this season. His contract also includes a $12 million option for 2012.

Because Furcal, 33, waived no-trade rights as a 10-5 player -- 10 years in the majors, the past five with the same club -- the deal would did not become official for 24 hours after the Dodgers and Cardinals agree to terms, which was Sunday.

The deal allows the Dodgers to save a couple of million from Furcal's contract and opens a position for prospect Dee Gordon. The Dodgers also now will keep Jamey Carroll for infield depth.

St. Louis' interest in Furcal was first reported by Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Friday.
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Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 3:19 pm
 

Furcal to Cardinals deal done

Probably the best deal LA could get. Castellanos looks like a keeper, plus this gives Gordon two solid months at SS to wrap up the season.

Now we just need to send McCourt packing for good... 



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2011 3:17 pm
 

Furcal to Cardinals deal done

Good one - if mccourt doesn't use it for his attorneys he could probably buy a hooker younger than Furcal. Furcal played so poorly  I'm surprised  they got rid of him.


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Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 12:29 pm
 

Furcal to Cardinals deal done

Get this sh1t off of here.
 



Since: Jul 31, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 10:00 am
 

Cardinals, Dodgers close in on Furcal deal

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Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 3:19 am
 

Cardinals, Dodgers close in on Furcal deal

Article fails to even mention what the Dodgers might get in exchange.  Must be so insignificant as not to be worth mentioning.



Since: Jul 11, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 2:45 am
 

Cardinals, Dodgers close in on Furcal deal

Welcome to the (our) Cardinal's DL list.  Enjoy your stay, plenty of company.


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