All that's left is a little bit of a paperwork shuffle and Rafael Furcal will join the Cardinals, according to multiple news sources.
SI.com reports that Furcal, a 10-year veteran who has logged five years with the same team who is subsequently able to block any trade, has agreed to accept the swap. He was out of the line-up for the Dodgers' Saturday night game.
I haven't heard yet who the Cardinals will give up to land Furcal. But there was speculation that the deal would mostly center around cash. The Dodgers are in the middle of a bankruptcy mess and they owed Furcal slightly more than $4 million for the remainder of the season. Provided the trade bait wasn't too precious, Furcal is a good pick-up for the St. Louis.
Although he's only hitting .197 this year thanks to a pair of lengthy stays on the disabled list, Furcal's ceiling remains high. He's only 33 years old, so there ought to be plenty of gas left in the tank. He hit .300 in 2010 and swiped 22 bases on his way to being named a National League All-Star.
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Furcal, a switch hitter, has a .283 career batting average and a .349 career on base percentage potentially offering the Redbirds some help at the top of the batting order.
Word of his imminent arrival has also helped to light a fire under incumbent shortstop Ryan Theriot who was batting below .100 since the All-Star Break until yesterday. Since then he's had six doubles in a fit of inspiration.