The Cardinals on Saturday acquired shortstop Rafael Furcal and cash considerations from the Los Angeles Dodgers for a minor-league outfielder the teams have yet to identify.

The deal became final when Furcal, who possesses sufficient service time to veto any trade, waived his privilege. Furcal was in uniform for the start of the Dodgers' game Saturday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks but, according to a source familiar with the situation, is expected to join his new team today.

Cardinals officials declined to comment after the team's 13-5 win over the Chicago Cubs; however, a number of players were confident enough of the trade going through that they commented on what his addition would mean.

Furcal, 33, carries a .283 career average but has batted only .197 in a 2011 season truncated by injuries. The Dodgers most recently activated Furcal on July 3 after the switch-hitter spent 29 days on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his left side. Furcal has played more regularly since and was eight for 22 with three doubles and three walks in his last six games before Saturday's trade.

A broken left thumb cost Furcal more than a month earlier this season. He has taken only 137 at-bats and appeared in 37 games. His five steals this season bump his career total to 298, 13th among active players.

Though manager Tony La Russa refused specific comment about Furcal's pending addition, the club projects him as its regular shortstop, meaning a full-time shift of Ryan Theriot to second base.