Furcal, a 13-year veteran (Atlanta, LA Dodgers, St. Louis), 2000 Rookie-of-the-Year and three-time All-Star, was a reliable, even flashy shortstop with a career .281/.346/.403 hitting line before elbow problems (initially diagnosed as bone spurs), shut him down for the season on August 31, 2012. He underwent sugery for the bone spurs and ulnar collateral ligament in October of 2012, and missed the entire 2013 season.
Now entering his age-36 season, Furcal was originally signed by the Atlanta Braves out of the Dominican Republic in 1996, making his major league debut on April 4, 2000. He reached free agency after the 2005 season and signed a 3-year, $35 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He re-upped with the Dodgers for another three years and $30 million in 2008. The Dodgers traded Furcal with cash to the St. Louis Cardinals in July 2011 in exchange for Alex Castellanos. In December 2013, the Miami Marlins signed the free agent to a one-year $3.5 million contract.
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