Infielder Rafael Furcal and the Miami Marlins have agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with incentives. Furcal, the former Cardinals shortstop, missed the entire 2013 season.
Furcal, 36, has a career .281/.346/.403 slash line over thirteen years in the Major Leagues (1,605 games). In 2012, with the Cardinals, Furcal hit .264/.325/.346 with 4 home runs and 44 RBI. Expect him to be a nice addition to the Marlins infield if he can stay healthy for an extended amount of time.
The Marlins plan to play Furcal at second base next season, where he has spent only 36 games of his 1,605 games. The other 1,554 games Furcal has played in were at shortstop. An interesting decision, but it might be able to keep Furcal healthier than he has been over the last few years. The Marlins have addressed their needs this offseason without having to make a trade and give up their top prospects.