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CARDS LOOK AT ALOMAR

Searching for the final piece to a revamped middle infield, the St. Louis Cardinals are working on a deal with switch-hitting second baseman Roberto Alomar.

Cardinals spokesman Brian Bartow said, "certainly there are talks between the two sides" as the NL champions look to replace Tony Womack, who signed this month with the New York Yankees.

Bartow labeled as premature a report that the Cardinals had signed Alomar, a 10-time Gold Glove winner, to a $500,000, one-year contract.

Alomar turns 37 in February and played in just 56 games last year because of a broken right hand after being hit by a pitch.

Over his 17-year major league career, Alomar has 2,724 hits, 210 homers, 1,508 runs and 1,136 RBIs in 2,379 games, with a .371 on-base percentage, .443 slugging percentage and 474 stolen bases.

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