AP sources: Furcal agrees to deal with Marlins
Rafael Furcal will try to make his comeback from elbow surgery
with the Miami Marlins.
The free-agent infielder and the Marlins have agreed to terms on
a contract, two people familiar with the situation said Thursday.
Both people confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition
of anonymity because it hadn’t been finalized.
In addition, one of the people said, catcher Jarrod
Saltalamacchia passed his physical, and his $21 million, three-year
deal with Miami was completed.
The 36-year-old Furcal, a three-time All-Star and the 2000 NL
Rookie of the Year, sat out this season after undergoing elbow
ligament-replacement surgery in March. He made the NL All-Star team
as a starter at shortstop in 2012, when he batted .264 in 121 games
for the Cardinals.
Furcal is a 13-year veteran and a .281 career hitter with 314
stolen bases. He’s expected to compete for a starting job at second
base even though he has played only 36 games at the position, most
recently in 2004. Miami already has youngster Adeiny Hechavarria at
Earlier in his career, Furcal had one of the strongest infield
arms in the game.
The Marlins finished last in the majors in 2013 in runs and
hitting, and their second basemen combined to bat only .235.
Donovan Solano started the most games there and batted .249.
With the winter meetings next week, the Marlins remain in the
market for help at third base.
The speedy Furcal spent his first six seasons in Atlanta and the
next 5 1/2 with the Los Angeles Dodgers before they traded him to
St. Louis, where he helped the Cardinals win the 2011 World
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