The Cardinals and free-agent shortstop Rafael Furcal are finishing talks on a new contract, a move that seemingly enhances the Phillies’ chances of re-signing Jimmy Rollins, major league sources say.
The proposed contract is in the range of $14 million over two years, a source indicated.
Furcal, 34, joined the Cardinals from the Dodgers last July 31, lifting the club during its World Series run and coining the phrase, “Happy Flight,” when the team won on getaway days.
Rollins, 33, has been in talks with the Phillies. He lost one potential suitor when the Brewers signed free-agent shortstop Alex Gonzalez. The Cardinals were thought to be another possibility, but Furcal represents a less expensive option.
Furcal batted .255 with a .316 on-base percentage and .418 slugging percentage as the Cardinals rallied for the National League wild card. However, he struggled in the postseason, particularly during the World Series. He has a lengthy injury history, but teams value his energy, defense and leadoff skills.
The Cardinals, for now, intend to use Daniel Descalso at second base. They would like to add more offense after losing free-agent first baseman Albert Pujols to the Angels.