Cora nearing Minors deal with Cardinals

By Jesse Sanchez / | 02/04/12 10:52 PM EST

Veteran infielder Alex Cora is close to agreeing on a Minor League deal with the Cardinals, according to an industry source.
The Cardinals did not confirm the report.
Cora, 36, saw action at first base, second base, shortstop and third base while hitting .224 in 91 games for the Nationals last season.

Originally selected by the Dodgers in the third round of the 1996 First-Year Player Draft, Cora spent seven years with Los Angeles. The utility infielder has a career batting average of .243 in 1,273 games during 14 Major League seasons and has also played for the Indians, Mets, Red Sox and Rangers.