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MLB Trade Rumors 2011: Cardinals, Giants Inquire About Rafael Furcal

The Los Angeles Dodgers are definitely going to be sellers at the trade deadline tis season, and another player they might try and move is infielder Rafael Furcal according to ESPN's Jayson Stark and Buster Olney. 

According to Stark the San Francisco Giants have inquired about Furcal's status with the team, although these two rivals don't usually trade with one another. The last time these two teamed up for a trade was back in 2007, a deal for Mark Sweeney, but before that they hadn't struck an accord since way, way back in 1985. 

Buster Olney has reported that multiple teams have shown interest in Furcal, including the St. Louis Cardinals who are in some serious need of infield help. Olney notes that the Dodgers would likely have to take on a large portion of Furcal's remaining $4.8 million on his contract if they were to move him, and with the team's financial woes it might just behoove them to keep him around and pay him instead of dumping him and having to pay the man anyway. 

The 33 year old Furcal is sporting a .195/.267/.241 slash line in only 147 plate appearances this season as he has been bombarded with injuries such as a broken thumb and oblique strain. Both injuries forced him to miss about a month of the season apiece. He still is pretty good with the glove and can get hot at the plate, so any team that picked him up would likely get some solid production out of him. 

For more on the Dodgers head over to True Blue LA to get in on the action.