Furcal, Schumaker ink deals with Cards
Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 7:01 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals and shortstop Rafael Furcal have agreed to a $14 million, two-year contract, keeping the switch-hitter with the World Series champions after they picked him up at the July trade deadline.
The deal is pending a physical. A team spokesman said Monday night that the Cardinals hope to finalize the contract this week.
Furcal would get a signing bonus of $1 million with salaries of $6 million next year and $7 million in 2013.
The Cardinals had considered giving perennial prospect Tyler Greene a shot at regular duty, especially if they would have re-signed first baseman Albert Pujols. The 34-year-old Furcal gives St. Louis a leadoff option plus one of the strongest arms at his position.
Furcal had career lows with a .231 batting average and .298 on-base percentage in an injury-interrupted 2011, playing only 87 games. He had eight homers and 28 RBIs. He batted .255 with a .316 on-base percentage after joining St. Louis from the Dodgers.
Furcal struggled at the plate in the postseason, too, batting.195. In Game 7 of the World Series, he was dropped to seventh in the order.
Meanwhile, second baseman Skip Schumaker agreed to a two-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals, who did not tender a contract offer to infielder Ryan Theriot before Monday night’s deadline.
The 31-year-old Schu-maker batted .283 in 117 games for the Cardinals this year and then .381 in the postseason with the lone RBI in a 1-0 victory over Philadelphia in Game 5 of the NL division series. He made 89 starts at second base and five in the outfield.
Published in The Messenger 12.13.11