Report: St. Louis Cardinals Close to Landing Dodgers Shortstop Rafael Furcal

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July 30, 2011

The Dodgers and Cardinals are in serious discussions about a deal that would send shortstop Rafael Furcal to St. Louis, ESPN.com reports.

The Cardinals would reportedly also receive cash along with Furcal, who is in the final year of a three-year deal that contains a club option for 2012. According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Dodgers are expected to eat a significant portion of money still owed to Furcal.

Since Furcal has 10 years of MLB experience and has been with the Dodgers for over five, the 33-year-old would have to approve any trade before it becomes final. According to MLB.com, though, Furcal is willing to do so.

The 11-year veteran has split his playing career between the Braves and Dodgers. This year, the shortstop is batting .197 with a home run and 12 RBIs in 37 games.

Furcal, a two-time All-Star, only appeared in 97 games in 2010. In 2009, he appeared in 150 and finished with a .269 batting average, nine home runs and 47 RBIs.

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