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Report: Rangers target Marlins' Cantu

Dec 9, 2009, 12:01 AM EDT’s Jon Paul Morosi says that the Rangers are showing strong interest in the Marlins’ Jorge Cantu and could offer a starting pitcher for the first baseman.
Cantu seems like a curious target, given that he’d cost a player or two in return and several free agent first basemen/designated hitters could offer similar production. However, unlike the alternatives, he is a right-handed hitter, something that could appeal to the Rangers as they look for more power to slot behind Josh Hamilton in the lineup.
It’s also interesting that the news leaked out just hours after Larry Beinfest told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that top first base prospect Logan Morrison is “ready to play in the big leagues.”
Indications were that the Marlins would keep Cantu, even though he’s due to earn $5 million or so next year. But since the market for Dan Uggla hasn’t developed as expected, perhaps they could change gears and use the money they were planning to spend on Cantu to keep Uggla around.
Morosi speculates that Brandon McCarthy could be the return in a deal for Cantu. That fits the Marlins’ need for more rotation depth, though given all of his recent health issues, McCarthy certainly doesn’t appeal to everyone.

  1. Cru11 - Dec 9, 2009 at 12:21 AM

    Why would they pursue Cantu when they have a top-tier prospect in Justin Smoak? Isnt his MLB ETA 2010?

  2. Tony A - Dec 9, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Or, as they are the Marlins, they could get rid of both Cantu and Uggla and pocket a ton of money…

  3. Old Gator - Dec 9, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    Indeed. Then again, I would hazard a guess that the reason the market for Uggla “hasn’t developed” is because other teams know that his impending arbitration eligibility will apply all the pressure to the cheapskate Marlins’ front office that they will need to make a much better deal next year sometime – like before Spring training begins. By then, the prospect of coughing up what an arbitrator thinks Danny Boy is worth for his three consecutive thirty homer seasons will be squeezing Jeffrey Loria’s huevos pericos like one of those feral pythons in which south Florida now abounds. If I were a GM looking for whatever it is that Uggla seems to bring me, I would just sit back and wait for Loria and Samson to start sweating bullets, then offer them a package of slightly less Exciting Young Prospects (EYP’s) than what they would accept at the moment.
    Patience, fellas. No one’s ordering Colonel Pepper to stand and deliver….yet.

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