With baseball's free agent market officially open for business and players permitted to sign with any bidder, Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal has already received initial overtures from a half dozen teams.

But he's willing to wait for the Cardinals.

Furcal's agent, Paul Kinzer, said he has notified general manager John Mozeliak that his client is comfortable waiting until the Cardinals conclude their search for a manager before deciding where to play in 2012. The Cardinals hope to hire a new manager within a couple weeks, with Thanksgiving mentioned as the latest date for installing a replacement for Tony La Russa.

"We're not in a hurry," Kinzer said. "There's definitely interest so far, but we're going to talk (with the Cardinals) and I told Mo that we'd talk once he had his managerial situation taken care of. I know there's a focus on that right now."

Starting at 11:01 p.m. (St. Louis time) Wednesday, 166 players went on the open market, headlined by three-time MVP Albert Pujols and Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder. Teams had a four-day window to negotiate exclusively with free agents on their own team, and Arizona infielder John McDonald was the first to re-sign. Starting Wednesday, teams could reach out to any free agent, like Pujols for example, and begin to discuss formal terms. The market is not expected to gather true momentum until this month's General Manager Meetings happen and next month's Winter Meetings near.