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Furcal, Cardinals Have Mutual Interest

TUESDAY: Furcal told Strauss, "I'd want to play for St. Louis,"  adding that he still needs to sit down with his agent Paul Kinzer and talk business.  

MONDAY: The Cardinals hope to explore a new contract with shortstop Rafael Furcal by month's end, GM John Mozeliak told Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  Mozeliak acknowledged that making it work financially is a challenge, but a Furcal contract is on his to-do list for September.  A shorter term is preferable for the team, and that's expected for Furcal since he's missed so much time due to injuries over the last few years.

Furcal, 34 in October, is hitting .228/.278/.390 in 134 plate appearances since the Cardinals acquired him at the trade deadline.  Mozeliak has bigger fish to fry in potential free agents Albert Pujols, Lance Berkman, and Chris Carpenter, so signing Furcal quickly and affordably makes sense.  Technically Furcal faces a $12MM club option with a $1.3MM buyout.  That'll be declined, but a one-year deal for $4MM plus incentives seems reasonable.

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