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Furcal wants Cardinals, but should they want him?

Posted on: October 14, 2011 6:27 pm
Rafael Furcal

By C. Trent Rosecrans

ST. LOUIS -- Rafael Furcal has seen enough of St. Louis that he'd love to return in 2012 and beyond. The question is how much of a pay cut he'll be willing to take and if the Cardinals want him back.

"When I come here with Atlanta, or I come in with the Dodgers, I play those guys, I'm always in a big competition, and I love it here," Furcal said before Game 5 of the NLCS. "I love the fans and the players and everybody is on the same page and everybody wants to win. Who wouldn't want to play for one of the best managers in all of baseball?"

Furcal has been a definite upgrade defensively for the Cardinals, who had Ryan Theriot start 87 games at shortstop, resembling the statue of Ozzie Smith outside Busch Stadium than the Hall of Famer that patrolled the former incarnation of Busch Stadium.

However, despite hitting better than he did in Los Angeles (.197/.272/.248), Furcal hasn't lived up to his career numbers in either batting average (.282) or on-base percentage (.348), hitting .255/.316/.418 with St. Louis in 50 regular-season games and .200/.220/.325 in the playoffs. He has as many stolen bases as Lance Berkman and Yadier Molina.

Furcal will also turn 34 on Oct. 24, the scheduled day of Game 5 of the World Series. For a player who has based so much of his career on his speed, Furcal's age is a real concern. The Cardinals have a $12 million option for 2012, and that seems highly unlikely to be picked up. His three-year, $30 million contract runs out after this season and will likely be granted free agency.

Are the Cardinals better with Furcal than without him? Yep. And he could be a decent pickup, and he certainly wouldn't be the first player to resurrect his career playing for Tony La Russa, but in the end it comes down to the biggest question in the offseason -- is the price right?

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Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2011 1:51 am

Furcal wants Cardinals, but should they want him?

Hey Rafael:

I can't argue too much with the Berkman analagy, but you DID have a pretty terrible year, considering all the time missed due to injury AND the horrid offensive (and substandard defensive) numbers.   BUT, I think a MUCH BETTER analagy and example would be to look at what Chris Carpenter did recently!   While he was owed 15 million for next year, he decided to "lock in" an additional year at 10 million "per".   TWELVE mill looks entitely TOO RICH for what this team can legitimately do!   After all, PRIORITY ONE is CLEARLY to stay IN POSITION to sign the number ONE hombre'!    This is a GREAT place to play, a place MANY a player would LOVE to gravitate to!   But EVEN 'the great one' is going to end up compromising to SOME extent to make this thing work...and CONTINUE TO WORK!   Settle for a reasonable multi-year deal...laden with incentives, even...and ENJOY the rest of your career...doing something people like myself can only DREAM of doing for a living!   GO CARDS!!!

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2011 12:35 am

Furcal wants Cardinals, but should they want him?

How about the 8 million for one year we gave berkman? worked out well for both sides then. I like furcals defense and his timely hitting. in a full season his numbers would end up being close to his career numbers. of course hes not gonna steal a bunch of bases but this isnt the go-go cards of old. now the team wants you to go from first to third, second to home, take the steal on a slow righty and bother the pitcher from third, all things raphie can do. 20 steals would be icing. but we cant sign everyone and sign pujols.

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