Posted March 09, 2012 on AP on Fox
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(Eds: With AP Photos.) Rafael Furcal didn't have to think hard about re-signing with the St. Louis Cardinals, even after they declined to pick up his contract option. Furcal, a trade deadline pickup who was one of the keys to the Cardinals' World Series run, got a two-year, $14 million contract. ''Who wouldn't want to come back to a team that won the World Series, especially when you enjoy a team that is competitive every year,'' Furcal said. ''You want to be there. I like to win. I don't like to lose.'' The 34-year-old Furcal filled voids last season at leadoff, batting at the top of the order in 50 games, and at shortstop, where he helped to solidify the defense. The Cardinals went on a wild ride after Furcal arrived from the Dodgers, falling 10 1/2 games back in the NL wild card standings before launching a September charge that capitalized on the Braves' collapse. Furcal's return provides stability to a position that&#...
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