Furcal not offered arbitration by Cardinals

Furcal not offered arbitration by Cardinals

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St. Louis Cardinals' Rafael Furcal throws past a sliding Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun to turn a double play on a ball hit by Prince Fielder during the fifth inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League championship series Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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BaseballStL

Posted on November 24, 2011 at 10:02 AM

(BaseballStL) -- The St. Louis Cardinals did not offer arbitration to shortstop Rafael Furcal and it has left fans to wonder what the team plans to do at the position for next year.

Sources say the Cardinals still have interest in retaining Furcal despite not extending an arbitration offer, but the team will find it harder to re-sign the 34-year-old shortstop as other teams have now entered the picture.

The Milwaukee Brewers are among a collection of teams looking into signing Furcal this offseason.  Several teams, including the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays, have reportedly been interested in moving Furcal to second base.

So what if Furcal re-signs elsewhere? 

The Cardinals could possibly have Daniel Descalso be an everyday shortstop although the team is considering him to start at second base next season.

Tyler Greene is more likely to start at shortstop with Descalso playing second base.

If the Cardinals bring back Skip Schumaker, he would be placed in a “super utility” role and bounce between the outfield and second base.

But, of course, all of this depends on what Albert Pujols does this offseason. 

If Pujols re-signs, the team will most likely not make any offers to any impending free agent shortstops.  That could certainly change if Pujols does not re-sign and the team could likely be in the market for a more offensive player to fill the void.

Some of the potential free agent shortstops available are Jose Reyes, Yuniesky Betancourt, Jimmy Rollins, Alex Gonzalez and Edgar Renteria.

Furcal hit .231 with eight home runs and 28 RBIs in 87 games played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cardinals in 2011.

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