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The Rangers were watching Thursday's Marlins-Giants game closely

Aug 2, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

The deal that brought Jorge Cantu from the Marlins to the Rangers was being talked about all Thursday afternoon.  Also going on all Thursday afternoon was the Giants-Marlins game out in San Francisco.

Once the rumors started flying, the bloggers and the tweeters among us kept wondering if and when Cantu would be removed from the game. He wasn’t removed from the game, however. In fact, he went 2 for 4 and scored two runs.

According to Jim Bowden — who was just talking to Rangers’ general manager Jon Daniels on Sirius XM radio, Daniels and other Rangers execs were watching the game with some degree of nervousness. You see, the deal for Cantu had already been done.  Everyone was waiting on approval from the Commissioner’s office.  Daniels told Bowden that the Rangers people all had their fingers crossed that Cantu wouldn’t pull a hammy or something scoring from second base.

The trade deadline: nuts, baby. That’s why we only do it once a year.

  1. Old Gator - Aug 2, 2010 at 7:45 PM

    He also made what I believe was his 17th error of the year at 3rd, worst in the majors. I was worried that might kill the deal and the Feesh would still have a Stargate at third through which baseballs would continue to pass into parallel realities for the rest of the season.

  2. OldSkoolRules - Aug 3, 2010 at 9:31 AM

    The Rangers got him for 1B, his original position. He should do much better defensively there.

  3. Old Gator - Aug 3, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    He can hardly do worse. But then, trading for bargain first basemen to use as third basemen, bargain outfielders to use as infielders, bargain midgets to use as catchers and scrapheap starters to use as middle relievers is a Feesh tradition. In fact, as Chris Coghlan was being carted off to the knacker’s to have his knee examined, Larry Beinfest leaned over just as they were forklifting poor Chris into the back of the truck and whispered something about using him at third base next season. Really. But then, as if to prove that there’s an exception to every rule, the Feesh brought up Hector Luna, a bargain third baseman, from AAA – to play third base!

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