Saturday, July 30, 2011

Rafael Furcal Deal To Cardinals Almost Done

Alas, poor Raffy. I know I will miss him...but for now let me just report the news...

Rafael Furcal, a solid albeit oft-injured Dodger shortstop for the last six years, is about to land with the St. Louis Cardinals, according to ESPN sources. MLB Trade Rumors.com has also been following this story all morning:

The St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers were in serious negotiations Saturday on a trade that would send shortstop Rafael Furcal and cash to St. Louis, according to a source close to the situation.

The Cardinals have been looking to upgrade at shortstop for some time, and the Dodgers have been listening to offers to move either Furcal or Jamey Carroll to give shortstop prospect Dee Gordon an opportunity to play in the final two months of the season.

Because Furcal is a 10-year veteran who has spent more than five years with the Dodgers, he has to approve the trade before the deal becomes final. The Dodgers are expected to eat a significant portion of money still owed to Furcal, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.

Furcal told ESPNdeportes.com's Enrique Rojas by phone that he is inclined to approve any trade to a contender.

"As of right now, on the way to the stadium, nothing has happened yet," Furcal said. "Neither the Dodgers nor my agent have told me anything about a trade.

"The only thing I know is that several teams are interested and that I must approve any trade. I'm waiting to see if something happens, but if nothing happens, I'll be happy just as well to complete my contract with the Dodgers."

I suppose that leaves us with Ackbar and the imminent re-promotion of Dee Gordon at shortstop. Here's hoping we get a good package in return...like Albert Pujols, for example.

11 comments:

Josh S. said...

One downside to the Furcal deal is that there are three games left against STL in which he can kill us.

Then again, how can you kill what's already dead?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

@Josh - Cut off its head!

Josh S. said...

Isn't that what Bud's trying to do?

Steve Sax said...

Isn't that what Jamie's trying to do?

Josh S. said...

Well, he's not in the lineup.

Fernie V said...

Oh please let this rumor be true.

Fred's Brim said...

If we're eating some of the money, we better get some decent players

I'll miss you Raffy. I wish things had worked out better.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Raffy's 10-5 rights give him a 24-hour cushion. We likely won't know who the Cards will send until tomorrow.

Dusty Baker said...

Nothin but love, Raffy. Nothin but love.

Dusty Baker said...

Sweet mother of god, Pimm's cups do not suck.

NicJ said...

Furcal to St. Louis for the Rams.