Phillies “kicking the tires” on Rafael Furcal

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Now that the Phillies have traded Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers they might be in the market for some middle infield depth and Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that they’re “kicking the tires” on Rafael Furcal.

Furcal is actually a year older than Rollins at 37 and hasn’t been healthy since 2012. He spent this past season with the Marlins and was supposed to be their regular second baseman, but instead was limited to nine games by injuries.

There’s not much risk signing Furcal assuming he’d require only a minor-league contract, but he obviously can’t be counted on for much of anything at this point.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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