Extension talks 'slow' with Berkman, Furcal

Extension talks 'slow' with Berkman, Furcal

Extension talks 'slow' with Berkman, Furcal
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak spoke with the media for a couple of minutes before Tuesday's game, touching specifically upon the status of contract-extension talks with free-agents-to-be Lance Berkman and Rafael Furcal.

"Slow, at this point," he said. "We're dealing with some other things, and frankly, we want to just concentrate on the end of the season."

Berkman told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, in a story for Tuesday's edition, that contract-negotiation talks were ongoing and reiterated his desire to return to the Cardinals in 2012.

"It's always about money," Berkman said. "No matter what people say, it's always about the money."

"Well, it's a honest assessment, and you have to admire that," Mozeliak said.

The 35-year-old Berkman has been one of the top hitters in baseball this season. Entering Tuesday's action, he was hitting .299 with 31 home runs, 89 RBIs, 82 runs scored and a .412 on-base percentage.

In his 44 games with the Cardinals, Furcal hit .262 with 10 doubles, six home runs, 14 RBIs, 26 runs scored, four stolen bases and a .326 on-base percentage.

"They know I don't even think about it," Furcal said of a new contract. "I'm concentrating just on winning the pennant race. We're fighting for a place in the playoffs. This is my main thing. We've got nine games left. This is my main thing, try to win every game we play. I don't think about my contract next year."