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Toronto Blue Jays Rumors: Jays Interested in Signing SS Rafael Furcal

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27:  Rafael Furcal #15 of the St. Louis Cardinals grounds out with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning during Game Six of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Brad LeClairCorrespondent INovember 16, 2011

According to Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Blue Jays have been showing interest in adding SS Rafael Furcal to the squad to play second base for the team. However, according to Furcal, he prefers to stay at shortstop.

The Colorado Rockies and Detroit Tigers have also shown interest in Furcal.

Furcal, 34, is coming off a year that was full of injuries, as he only made 369 plate appearances batting a cool .239 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the World Series Champions St. Louis Cardinals.

In the last four years, Furcal has only played more than 140 games, once, which may lead many suitors to believe he's breaking down, getting older and of course, declining in productivity.

According to the same reporters, he's also seeking a multi-year contract after the Cardinals declined his $12 million team option.

Before his injuries, Furcal regularly hit over .270 in 600 at bats, stole over 20 bases a season and had over 100 runs in a season.

Furcal—if he can ever get it together and finish his career out strong—is a great leadoff hitter and a valuable veteran to have in the clubhouse for experience alone.

Given the average age of the Blue Jays is still very young, the team needs veteran experience both in their starting lineup and amongst the pitchers, so all the young players have people to look up to, ask questions and learn from.

The Jays have literally shown interest in just about every free agent available this offseason, so take this rumor with a grain of salt. The Jays are said to be very interested as well in re-signing Kelly Johnson to play second base for them next season, too, so anything is possible right now.

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