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Rafael Furcal holds a $12M team option for 2012 and could find himself on the free agent market.
With the Cardinals looking to find a way to keep Albert Pujols in the mix, this may be a luxury St. Louis can't afford, although the $1.5M buyout would create a net cost of $10.5M in order to pick up the option.
That being said, Furcal's hurt for about two thirds of every season.
When he's healthy, he's got one of the best arms at the shortstop position and is a powerful leadoff hitter.
Look for the Cards to try and hang onto him even if they have to cut him and sign him again at at a more reasonable price.
The Giants could go after Furcal and play him when healthy, while cultivating Brandon Crawford at the same time. Crawford would surely get a chance to step in when Furcal is injured.
That said, something about signing this ex-Dodger doesn't feel right for the Giants. If I had to guess I would say that it's probably not going to happen.