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Jorge Cantu is headed to Korea

Dec 9, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

Jorge Cantu AP

Jorge Cantu, who played eight seasons in the majors, has signed a one-year deal with the Doosan Bears of the Korea Baseball Organization.

According to the Yonhap News Agency he’ll earn $250,000 up front, plus another $50,000 in potential incentives, which is about the middle ground between what he’d earn at Triple-A in America and what he could have earned as a minimum-salaried big leaguer.

Cantu last played in the majors in 2011, but he’s still just 31 years old and put up huge numbers in the Mexican League this year. He showed a ton of promise as a 23-year-old for the Rays in 2005, hitting .286 with 28 homers and an .808 OPS, but poor defense and bad plate discipline eventually did in Cantu.

  1. plmathfoto - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Can not, Cantu! Always seemed like a good clutch hitter, good luck to him

  2. raysfan1 - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Cannot!
    (Couldn’t resist)

  3. gloccamorra - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    His last year in the majors with San Diego, he was terrible, hitting under .200 with lots of strikeouts. They released him and brought up Anthony Rizzo. Cantu left with class, admitting he didn’t get the job done and thanking the manager for all the extra at-bats, and praised Rizzo as his replacement. You can’t dislike a guy who has an attitude like that.

    • flatsorter - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      He must’ve learned his lesson, the Rays had to trade him for nothing because he kept on complaining about not getting enough playing time.

      • gloccamorra - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:48 PM

        Well, sure. His last year with the Rays, he got only 57 plate appearances, while he got 58 with the Reds – but that was years earlier, when he had reason to think he could be a regular. With the Padres he played in 57 of their 69 games and started 30, so he racked up a massive 144 ABs (155 PAs). He started batting 1.000 with a pinch hit in the first game of the season, drifted down to .140 by late April, surged to .212 in mid-May, then drifted down to .194 when they released him the middle of June, with as many strikeouts as hits. Bud Black gave him enough chances, and he knew it. Give him chops for knowing when he failed fair and square.

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