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Brewers ink Gonzales to play shortstop

Scratch one potential option off the list of shortstops available to the Cardinals.

The Brewers have reportedly reached a deal on a one-year, incentive-based contract with Alex Gonzalez.

The former Marlins, Red Sox, Reds, Braves and Blue Jays shortsop is 34, so he's a short-term solution. But, in a market with few attractive long-term options. He might have made sense for St. Louis. Instead he'll go to a division rival and the Cardinals seem likely to make a play for bringing back Rafael Furcal -- although it seems that Furcal's asking price of a three-year deal at about $7 million a year would have to come down considerably.