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Monday, December 2, 2013

Pirates Rumors: Pittsburgh Showing Interest in Rafael Furcal

By on 12/02/2013 03:00:00 PM

Free-agent shortstop Rafael Furcal is receiving interest from several teams this off-season, and he was nice enough to help us confirm a prior rumor about another team’s interest.  Furcal told ESPN that the Pittsburgh Pirates have shown interest in obtaining his services.  According to TribLive, eight teams have expressed interest in the switch-hitter.

Furcal, 36, missed all of last season with an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery in March.  Health has been an issue for the shortstop in the past several seasons.  Since 2008, Furcal has been on the disabled list seven times.   He has played over 121 games once since that time.  Despite his age and injury concerns, Furcal is receiving a high-level of interest in a thin free-agent market for shortstops.  Although he was a one of the St. Louis Cardinals free-agents, Furcal is not expected back with the team after they signed shortstop Jhonny Peralta.

Furcal has a career slash line of .281/.346/.403 during the 13 major league seasons in which he has played.   Advanced defensive metrics have shown that his fielding has been trending downward over the past couple of seasons.   It is unknown as to what is Rafael Furcal’s asking price, but he could end up with a guaranteed contract despite his elbow injury.

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