Furcal deal opens spot for Gordon 

July, 31, 2011
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With Rafael Furcal again out of the way, let the Dee Gordon era officially begin, well, again. The Los Angeles Dodgers traded the veteran shortstop to the St. Louis Cardinals for a minor league outfielder on Sunday. That would open up the starting job officially for the 23-year-old, rail-thin rookie. Furcal will start for the Cardinals. Do either of these players have value in ESPN standard leagues?

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Kirby Lee/US PresswireOnce again, injuries have taken their toll on Rafael Furcal's season.
Well, I'm generally not the one to trust raw rookies, and Gordon seemed awfully overwhelmed at the plate last month. He started quickly when initially promoted but went into a 5-for-39 funk and the return of a healthy Furcal from the disabled list earned Gordon a return trip to Triple-A Albuquerque. It's clear the lefty hitter can steal a lot of bases, but it's far less certain that he can actually reach base enough. Frankly, I don't think investing in Gordon for 2011 is a very good idea. He might steal double digit bases, but he has no power and he's more likely to hurt your batting average than help it.

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