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Marlins, Rangers continue talking Cantu

Posted on: July 26, 2010 4:35 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2010 2:44 pm

Talks between the Marlins and Rangers for slugger Jorge Cantu have reached the point where if a deal happens, it probably will happen in the next day or two, according to two major-league officials with knowledge of the discussions.

The Rangers are in full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal mode with a seven-game lead in the AL West. One club source says the belief is that now is the time to push because this current Rangers team is showing that it's ready to win now.

The Texas front office believes it too, given the acquisitions so far of ace Cliff Lee and catcher Bengie Molina. If the Rangers can add Cantu to their lineup, as one scout says, they would add "probably the least-known 100 RBI guy in the game."

With the Angels having acquired right-hander Dan Haren from Arizona on Sunday and Seattle having dealt Lee to Texas earlier this month, the AL West is putting on quite a trade-deadline show this summer.

In the deal currently being discussed, Texas would send two minor-leaguers to Florida for Cantu. The Rangers would have to get the OK of the Commissioner's Office before any deal takes place because Cantu is owed about $2 million yet for 2010 and the Rangers, of course, are in bankruptcy court as their sale is pending.

However, Cantu also would be a perfect stretch-run pickup for the Rangers because there are no money issues after this year -- Cantu will become a free agent.

Meantime, while the Marlins have other issues -- such as, at 49-49 and eight games behind Atlanta in the NL East, they're trying to determine whether they're in or out of the race -- trading Cantu somewhere appears close to a fait accompli. The Marlins also are engaging Colorado and San Francisco in discussions.

The Marlins are comfortable with the idea of Chris Coghlan playing third base -- or, while he's on the disabled list with a knee injury, with Wes Helms there -- and they think Logan Morrison is ready for the majors. Morrison has been playing left field in recent games for Triple-A New Orleans and is hitting .306 with six home runs, 44 RBI and a .424 on-base percentage in 67 games.

Their feeling is, if they do trade Cantu and the trickle down effect includes Morrison, Coghlan and Helms, it won't hurt them while they make a run at it this summer.


Since: Jul 30, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2010 12:24 am

Marlins, Rangers continue talking Cantu

Please please please replace Wakamatsu.  He has had a very generous chance and it is very clear the Mariners ($100 million ) will not perform for him.  The fans deserve this change as they are the best in the majors.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2010 7:04 am

Marlins, Rangers continue talking Cantu

Doubt the Marlins would want Davis. They have a super prospect about ready to come to the big leagues in Logan Morrison at 1B, most likely. He's part of what makes a corner infielder like Cantu more avilable (and his sucky season). Of course, they have to figure out what to do with Gaby Sanchez first.

Since: May 8, 2008
Posted on: July 26, 2010 11:23 pm

Marlins, Rangers continue talking Cantu

Talk about kicking a good man while he's down ... man! Davis is a streaky hitter and his perseverance will triumph - watch him go on an absolute HR binge and get that BA to over .250 by mid-August. He provides excellent defense, which may not count in fantasy but matters in reality. Cantu is  a decent player but for my money Mike Lowell would add the veteran platooning and pinch-hitting presence the stRangers need to counterbalance Davis. Chris will still get at least 1/2 the ABs and come in for late inning defense most close games. He;s been taking better swings lately and will yet silence his critics.

Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: July 26, 2010 8:55 pm

Marlins, Rangers continue talking Cantu

where could cantu play?!?! i mean the rangers have the machine chris davis at first right now, and when i say machine, i mean strikeout machine. if they were smart, they would keep their minor leaguers and try to dupe the marlins into taking davis. he is awful, for example the rangers demoted him last year so he couldnt set a strikeout record. but the marlins are probably not gonna fall for that because they usually go for young talent. this trade would make the rangers the 2nd best in the al, placing them ahead of the rays but still behind the yankees, who are all better than any of those mediocre teams in the NL, but in a 7 game series anything can happen.

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