Cardinals near deal for SS Furcal

Tim Brown
Yahoo! Sports

The St. Louis Cardinals were close to acquiring veteran shortstop Rafael Furcal(notes) from the Los Angeles Dodgers, sources said Saturday afternoon.

Furcal would have to waive his 10-and-5 rights, which a source said he was willing to do in order to join the Cardinals.

The Dodgers would receive a second-tier prospect for Furcal, along with some payroll relief, opening up the shortstop position for prospect Dee Gordon(notes).

Furcal, who was on the disabled list twice this season, is batting .197. The Cardinals are looking for depth in their middle infield, where Ryan Theriot(notes) is the regular shortstop and Skip Schumaker(notes) and Nick Punto(notes) are sharing time at second.

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