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Rangers going hard after Marlins' Jorge Cantu

Jul 25, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan first reported it last night and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com is confirming.  The Rangers, six games up in the American League West, are going hard after Marlins corner infielder Jorge Cantu in their ongoing search for a quality right-handed bat.

Cantu, 28, isn’t having the best July, but he was an RBI machine earlier this season and he’s tallied a respectable 10 home runs in 358 at-bats.  The Marlins appear ready to clear a roster spot for top prospect Logan Morrison, who is batting .304/.423/.471 with five homers and 42 RBI in 227 at-bats for Triple-A New Orleans.

Cantu would serve as a backup to young first baseman Chris Davis in Texas and would also act as a quality late-innings pinch-hitter.  As it stands, the Rangers’ bench consists of the light-hitting Joaquin Arias, journeyman Andres Blanco, backup catcher Taylor Teagarden and outfielder David Murphy.

The Rangers have been great this year, but if there is one area that needs improvement it is the bench.

  1. TheRedoubt - Jul 25, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Note that Cantu would backup first baseman Chris Davis. Justin Smoak was traded to Seattle for Cliff Lee.

  2. Old Gator - Jul 25, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    I wish the Rangers the best of luck in finding a handful of EYPs that will tempt Larry Beinfest. Cantu probably gives back with his glove half the RBIs he drives in. There must be some hot strange in the field boxes just to the right of first base that he keeps trying to impress because that’s where so many of his pegs to first wind up. He’s really not a third baseman. When he’s hot, his bat can keep the Feesh right around the strange attractor (which is not the same kind of strange that hangs around the hotel lobbies, but never mind), but the Teal Titans would be much better off with a real third baseman at third. I’d like to get a chance to see Logan Morrison play on a day to day basis so I can get some idea of what he can do before he becomes arbitration eligible and Scrooge McLoria unloads him for yet another bevy of EYPs.

  3. Woe is Mets - Jul 25, 2010 at 11:23 PM

    “Cantu would serve as a backup to young first baseman Chris Davis in Texas” i’m not so sure about that statement, HBT. he would absolutely start vs. LHP (Davis a lefty bat who is shaky at best vs. lefty pitching), and he would probably get more than just the odd start against righties. if were to start off hot, he’d absolutely be in the lineup at least 5 of every 7 games. Ron “Accidental Cocaine Use” Washington has minimal faith in Crash and his AAA/Majors shuttle rides agree.

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