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Source: Cardinals, Dodgers have deal in place for Rafael Furcal

Rafael Furcal

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal throws to first for the out, after fielding a grounder from San Diego Padres’ Cameron Maybin during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 10, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)


Update: A source tells our own Craig Calcaterra that the Cardinals and Dodgers have agreed to the particulars in a Furcal deal and that Furcal is leaning toward waiving his no-trade protection to go to St. Louis.


The shortstop market is barren, but the Cardinals appear interested in taking a chance on the one big name out there; they’re discussing a deal with the Dodgers that could net them Rafael Furcal.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Furcal is open to waiving his no-trade protection and moving on to St. Louis. The Cardinals are giving usual shortstop Ryan Theriot his first start of the year at second base on Saturday, suggesting that they’re confident a deal is going to get done.

Furcal has had a brutal, injury-plagued season that’s left him with a .197/.272/.248 line in 137 at-bats. He’s 5-for-8 stealing bases, and he’s scored just 15 runs in 37 games.

Still, there’s hope that Furcal will improve if he stays healthy. And he has gone 8-for-22 over his last six games, raising his average 32 points. He certainly has the most upside of any shortstop available.