Cards decline options on Furcal, Dotel

Cards decline options on Furcal, Dotel

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals declined their remaining contract options on Tuesday night, making Rafael Furcal and Octavio Dotel free agents.

Additionally, St. Louis formally exercised its option on catcher Yadier Molina.

Furcal would have made $12 million, while Dotel would have made $3.5 million. It is conceivable that both players could return to the Cardinals in 2012, but the club would rather pay less in each case if it brings the players back.

Molina will make $7 million for 2012.

St. Louis had previously exercised its two-year option on Adam Wainwright and replaced a 2012 option on Chris Carpenter with a new two-year deal.