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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 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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