2012 MLB Free Agency: St. Louis Cardinals Nearing Contract With INF Alex Cora

Jess Sanchez of MLB.com is reporting that the St. Louis Cardinals are near a deal with veteran infielder Alex Cora. The 14-year veteran plays both second base and shortstop, sporting a .243/.310/.338 career slash.

Neither an over-impressive hitter or a gold glove fielder, Cora has assumed the role of the flexible backup for the last seven seasons, earning a World Series ring in 2007 as a bench player with the Boston Red Sox.

Cora most recently played for the Washington Nationals, earning $900K on a one-year contract. With the departure infielder Ryan Theriot, the Cardinals appear to be seeking a proven backup for the duo of SS Rafael Furcal and 2B Skip Schumaker.

For more on the St. Louis Cardinals, head over to Viva El Birdos, SB Nation's Cards blog. Stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis for more breaking news and updates concerning all matters St. Louis sports, and MLB Daily Dish for all your MLB rumors and news.

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