ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal reiterated his desire to remain in St. Louis on Friday, though of course, it's never that simple.
Furcal can be a free agent when the season ends, and in a market lacking shortstops, he could be in demand. But he said prior to Game 5 of the National League Championship Series that he's happy in St. Louis and would like to be back.
"Who wouldn't want to play for the St. Louis Cardinals?" Furcal said. "Not because we're in the playoffs. Always when I came here with Atlanta, we came in with the Dodgers, I played those guys, it was one of those things. Always a big competition. I love it here. I love the fans and the players, everybody is on the same page. Everybody wants to win. And who wouldn't want to play for one of the best managers in all of baseball?"
The Cardinals have at least some motivation to re-up Furcal, given the uncertainty as to whether Tyler Greene can be an everyday player and the paucity of other options on the market. That doesn't mean a deal will get done, but there is mutual interest.