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Jorge Cantu “seriously being considered by Diamondbacks”

Dec 10, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

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Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that Jorge Cantu is “seriously being considered by the Diamondbacks” as an option at first base.

Cantu was horrendous for the Rangers after they acquired him a midseason deal with the Marlins and barely played in the postseason as rookie Mitch Moreland emerged as the primary first baseman.

He’s always had 25-homer power, but poor plate discipline kept Cantu from emerging as more than a decent regular and now even that may be a stretch. He hit just .256 with a .304 on-base percentage and .392 slugging percentage in 127 games this year and would likely be best in a platoon role facing mostly left-handers even if he bounces back in 2011.

That could make him a fit in Arizona, as the Diamondbacks acquired minor-league veteran and left-handed hitter Juan Miranda from the Yankees last month. It won’t excite fans, but a Miranda-Cantu platoon could produce something resembling league-average production very cheaply.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 10, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    Geoff Blum, Melvin Mora, Jorge Cantu….either the D’Backs have no money to spend, or Towers is playing too much MLB2K5 on his PS2 this offseason.

  2. hnirobert3 - Dec 11, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Better keep your papers on you, Jorgie.

    • Old Gator - Dec 11, 2010 at 5:13 PM

      And in that climate, better not use spackle for an aftershave anymore or your’re gonna look like Governor Horned Toad Face by June.

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