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.