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The Marlins and free-agent infielder Rafael Furcal have agreed to a one-year deal, pending a physical, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro has confirmed.
Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal was the first to report the deal.
Furcal, 36, missed all of 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March.
Furcal, the 2000 National League Rookie of the Year and a three-time All-Star at shortstop, will play second base in Miami, according to Rosenthal. The Marlins have 24-year-old at Adeiny Hechavarria at short.
Furcal hit .264/.325/.346 with five home runs in 121 games for St. Louis in 2012.
He is a .281/.346/.403 career hitter over 13 years with the Braves, Dodgers and Cardinals.
– Cash Kruth
There wasn’t a whole lot of Hot Stove chatter on Saturday, though a few interesting nuggets appeared as teams continue to look to build their best rosters.
- The Royals appear serious in their pursuit of free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran, according to Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star. One Royals official told Dutton of Beltran: “We’d love to have him in. One thing about Carlos Beltran is he’s a money player. He’s an RBI guy. He produces.”
- The Mets are scheduled to meet with free-agent right-hander Bronson Arroyo at his home this upcoming week, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com
- Free-agent shortstop Rafael Furcal has been contacted by the Red Sox, Marlins, Mets, Nationals, Pirates and Rockies, according to ESPNDeportes.com. Here’s Rubin’s writeup for ESPN New York in English.
– Cash Kruth
Rafael Furcal, a key player to the Cardinals down the stretch in their 2011 World Series championship run, has re-upped with St. Louis on a two-year deal on Saturday.
A baseball source confirmed to MLB.com that the deal is worth $14 million.
The 34-year-old Furcal was sent over to the Cards from the Dodgers in a Trade Deadline deal and hit .255 with a .316 on-base percentage in 50 regular-season games with his new club. Furcal had a rough time at the plate in the playoffs, hitting below .200 in both the National League Championship Series and World Series.
About to enter his 13th Major League season, Furcal is a lifetime .282 hitter with a .348 on-base percentage. He’s twice been an All-Star.
The trade sending Rafael Furcal to the Cardinals is not fully completed yet, but it will be. A Cardinals source said Sunday morning that “it will get done,” and Furcal cleaned out his locker on Saturday night. It’s not yet clear what the Dodgers will receive in return.
The Cardinals have of course made their big move already this month, moving Colby Rasmus and acquiring three pitchers in an eight-player deal. They are not necessarily finished dealing, however.
Multiple reports have suggested they may still be pursuing a closer such as San Diego’s Heath Bell, though it appears that other clubs are well ahead of them on that front. The club could also use some middle infield help. Ryan Theriot is slumping and has some of the poorest defensive numbers of any shortstop in baseball, and top backup Nick Punto has just gone on the disabled list for the third time in 2011.
Enter the Dodgers, with whom the Cards have had conversations regarding Rafael Furcal. The two-time All-Star has missed much of the year due to injury, but he’s been playing better lately. The Dodgers won’t give Furcal away, but if a deal could be struck, he could be a highly intriguing addition to a team that’s clearly playing to win this year. The Cardinals could conceivably take on some salary, if they elected to receive cash rather than three players to be named later as the completion of their deal with Toronto.
Manager Tony La Russa left open the possibility that the Cards could make another addition, though he certainly didn’t play it up.
“I don’t know how to rate that,” he said. “I think ‘Mo’ [general manager John Mozeliak] is the only one that has the knowledge and the experience. I know there’s still days [until the non-waiver Trade Deadline], and there’s conversations. But I don’t know how to rate it. … I think he’s still got conversations, because he’s started a bunch of stuff and they keep it going.”