The Marlins have agreed to a one-year contract with veteran infielder Rafael Furcal, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has confirmed. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first reported the news and says Furcal will play second base everyday. The deal is still pending a physical.
Furcal, 36, did not play at all in 2013 after having Tommy John surgery. He last played with the Cardinals in 2012, when he hit .264/.325/.346 (85 OPS+) with five home runs and 12 stolen bases in 121 games. Due to continued injury problems, Furcal has played 130+ games just once in the last five years.
Primarily a shortstop throughout his career, Furcal has played 36 total games at second base but none since 2004. Moving him off shortstop at his age and following elbow surgery is a wise move, plus the Fish have Adeiny Hechavarria entrenched at short.
The Marlins are said to be looking for short-term veteran stopgaps at several positions aside from second base, including third base and on the mound.