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Padres add Cantu

Posted on: January 24, 2011 11:09 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2011 11:16 pm
Jorge Cantu The Padres have added first baseman Jorge Cantu,'s Ken Rosenthal tweets . The deal, he adds , is a big-league contract.

Cantu, who will turn 29 next week, finished 2010 with the Rangers fate being traded to Texas at the trade deadline. He hit .256/.304/.392 with 11 home runs and 56 RBI with the Marlins and Rangers last season, and is a career .274/.320/.446 hitter with stops in Tampa and Cincinnati before landing with the Marlins in 2008.

Cantu hit 29 homers in 2008 and then followed that with a .289/.345/.443 season in 2009 with 16 home runs and 100 RBI.

Cantu has played first and third base, mostly, although he came up as a second baseman with the Rays. He would likely be a good right-handed platoon partner to Brad Hawpe at first and possibly spell Chase Hedley at third.

UPDATE: Corey Brock of tweets it's a one-year deal and says Cantu will play first, second and third.

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Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2011 8:46 pm

Padres add Cantu

Anytime you can get a guy who's averaged 84 RBI's over the past 3 seasons at a bargain basement price like the Padres did, you have to do the deal.

Look, the guy is only 29, and 2 years removed from a 100 RBI season.  I'm sorry, but at that price, you'd be crazy not to.  He gives them depth at several positions, and obviously can still swing a decent bat.  It's no worse a signing than the Yankees did with Andruw Jones.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 8:51 am

Padres add Cantu

LOL. Take my word for it ... you don't want Cantu at 2B. He can't throw which is why he was booted out of 2B and 3B. He should stay at 1B. Do what the Marlins did, trade him after the first half because every year he tears up the ball in the first 2 months then does nothing the rest of the season.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 8:30 am

Padres add Cantu

Another garbage move by a cheap skate franchise. Jorge is a journey man who`s days in the bigs are fading fast. The Padres 1st base options are about as bad as you could get after AGone was donated to the hated Sawx. Hawpe is an OF, can`t hit lefties...Jorge isn`t much of a fielder, and the Pads signed the O-dog Hudson to occupy 2nd. Again shame on you Padres and Jeb Hoyer for taking a poopoo platter from Boston for AGone. That move will be looked at as a huge scam for years by the stat geeks in beantown.

Since: Aug 12, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2011 11:56 pm

Padres add Cantu

Please put Cantu back at 2nd. The amount of production you could get from him at a position you don't normally expect it from would be great. Granted I'm speaking from a fantasy perspective, but anything from the Pads would be a bonus.

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