St. Louis Cardinals Left In Tough Spot Because Of Rafael Furcal

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The St. Louis Cardinals have a major problem on their hands as the 2013 MLB season gets ready to start in less than two weeks. St. Louis is still trying to find a solution for their shortstop dilemma with Rafael Furcal out of the season after right elbow surgery.

Furcal basically brought this upon himself by not getting surgery when the problem came up late last season and deciding to wait. The Cardinals now are stuck trying to figure out who will be the team’s main shortstop.

St. Louis tried Ronny Cedeno, but discovered that he wasn’t the solution either.

I would be tempted to say that the team should explore making Furcal pay back some of the money he was going to get paid this season, though that is obviously not the right course of action because you can’t force someone to have surgery.

There will be a ton of questions about Furcal when he hits free agency after this season concludes and if he will be truly healthy enough to help out a contender. Furcal will be 36-years old by the time the 2013 season ends, and might have to look for a one or two-year contract worth around $5 million a season just to get signed again.

It is a real shame for the Cardinals and for Furcal because that indecision will likely take St. Louis out of any contention for a playoff berth, and take money out of Furcal’s pocket next off-season.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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