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Cardinals, Furcal Reach $14 Million, 2-year Deal
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'd 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.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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