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It's official: Rafael Furcal goes to Cardinals for minor leaguer

July 31, 2011 | 11:08 am


The Dodgers dealt shortstop Rafael Furcal to the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league prospect Alex Castellanos, a power-hitting outfielder who was playing at double-A Springfield.

Furcal, 33, had cleaned out his locker Saturday evening and was held out of the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Castellanos, who turns 25 next week, was St. Louis' 10th-round draft pick in 2008 and was batting .319 with 19 homers, 62 RBIs and 10 steals in 93 games.

“In Castellanos, we’re getting a player who has shown a combination of power and speed,” Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti said in a statement. “We hope that he can refine those abilities to a big league standard.”

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Photo: Rafael Furcal is congratulated by Manager Don Mattingly after hitting a two-run home run off Cubs pitcher Randy Wells during a game July 8 at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times