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Furcal-Free Agent in the Cards?

MLB Traderumors.com pointed out that Rafeal Furcal would be a free agent this offseason.  The website seems to think that Furcal will get 5 years and 75 million dollars.  He lists the Cardinals as a team that might take a look at the shortstop if he hits the open market(apparently the dodgers are interested in extending him).

I think the Cardinals have to at least take a look at Furcal.  I realize that is a ton of money to a 31 year old, but he would satisfy a few needs for the Cardinals.

Leadoff hitter: Granted, Skip has done a solid job this year, but can you imagine Furcal's speed at the top of the lineup?  If LaRussa ever did decide to actually run a little, Furcal could bring a new element to this lineup. This would also allow Rasmus to bat #2 or even down in the order so all of the pressure of the leadoff spot won't be on our young outfielder.

Quality shortstop: Furcal is a plus defender with a huge arm.  Defense up the middle is key to Cardinals pitching success, with LaDuncan preaching pitching to contact

The Bridge to Kozmaville: Pete Kozma has been playing lights out in A- ball, but he is at least 3 years away, probably more like 4-5.  Signing Furcal would bridge the gap so we don't have to sign one year stopgaps like Izturis over the next few years. 

Furcal is going to want a max contract, so he could very well be priced out of the Cardinals range.  But I think that we have to take a look at him this offseason if he is available.  He would just serve so many purposes for a team that has a real legit chance of being good next year if everyone progresses as expected(Rasmus, Perez, Motte) and gets healthy(Carpenter).

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