Cards get Dodgers' SS Furcal in newest trade - KMOV.com

Cards get Dodgers' SS Furcal in newest trade

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Los Angeles Dodgers' Rafael Furcal hits a walk off double against the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, July 23, 2011. The Dodgers won 7-6. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) By Jae C. Hong Los Angeles Dodgers' Rafael Furcal hits a walk off double against the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, July 23, 2011. The Dodgers won 7-6. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) By Jae C. Hong

(KMOV.com) -- The Cardinals picked up a new shortstop Sunday morning, according the club’s website.

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The Cards reportedly completed a trade with the Dodgers that will bring Rafael Furcal to St. Louis. Furcal agreed to waive his no trade clause and accept the deal, but had to wait 24 hours before everything was finalized.

Furcal is a two-time all-star.  He should provide the Cardinals with a much better defense and short than they have had so far this season. 
 
Furcal has been hurt most of the season.  He is a switch-hitter, batting just .197 in 37 games.  He is 33-years-old and has a career average of .283 as a hitter.
 
The newest Cardinal has a $12 million option on his contract for 2012, so he would be an expensive guy to keep beyond the 2011 season.
 
The Cardinals’ site says that they traded AA outfielder Alex Castellanos for Furcal. The Cardinals were expected to receive cash in the deal, as well.
 
The trade comes days after trading Colby Rasmus to the Blue Jays for additions to the pitching staff and outfield.

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