With less than two days remaining before the non-waiver trade deadline, the Cardinals have focused on acquiring a shortstop in a market an official with the team once described as thin on options at that position.

As part of their search for an upgrade at shortstop, the Cardinals have had ongoing discussions with the Los Angeles Dodgers about switch-hitter Rafael Furcal, a baseball source confirmed to The Post-Dispatch.

On Friday afternoon, Post-Dispatch baseball writer Joe Strauss reported that shortstop had become a "priority" for the Cardinals and that momentum was building for another move before the deadline. Owner Bill DeWitt Jr. met at length with manager Tony La Russa at Busch Stadium this afternoon, Strauss confirmed. After making the eight-player deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, general manager John Mozeliak said the team was still in position to make another move if an attractive one became available. Mozeliak's policy is to not discuss specific players or targets.

Furcal had been mentioned as a potential fit by a club source before Wednesday's trade for pitcher Edwin Jackson and three others. Though a deal did not appear imminent, time is short before Sunday's non-waiver deadline.

Furcal has a limited no-trade clause.