Tag:Jorge Cantu
Posted on: December 18, 2010 4:46 pm

O's have offered LaRoche 3 years

Adam LaRoche The Orioles may be closing in on a deal with first baseman Adam LaRoche, offering the former Diamondback a three-year deal worth "at least $15M and could be between $16-$18M or more," writes MASN's Jen Royle .

The Orioles haven't exactly hidden their desire for a first baseman and willingness to spend some money.

LaRoche, 31, hit .261/.320/.468 with 25 homers and 100 RBI in 2010. He's hit at least 20 home runs in each of his six full seasons in the majors, including 25 in each of the last three seasons.

LaRoche, who signed a one-year deal worth $4.5 million last January, had reportedly been looking for a three-year deal. If he's got one on the table from the Orioles for anywhere from $5 million to $6 million, it may be his best option.

The Rays, Nationals, Padres, Diamondbacks and Mariners are all still in the market for first basemen, with LaRoche and Derrek Lee the top of a depleted first base market left. Jorge Cantu, Troy Glaus, Casey Kotchman, Nick Johnson and Jason Giambi are also available.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 18, 2010 9:42 am
Edited on: November 18, 2010 10:03 am

Thursday morning rumor roundup

The owners meetings and GM meetings overlap today in Orlando, so we might see some deals happen. Here's a sampling of the chatter as the day gets under way:

* Carl Crawford would be the Yankees' Plan B if they don't sign Cliff Lee, and CC Sabathia would again be their recruiter. (Newsday)

* The Rockies want a versatile right-handed bat, with Ty Wigginton and Jorge Cantu possibilities. (SI.com)

* Joel Sherman of the New York Post offers an endorsement, albeit tepid, for Bob Melvin as Mets manager. (New York Post)

* The Red Sox are making a push for Justin Upton, with the Diamondbacks likely to request Jacoby Ellsbury and Daniel Bard as the heart of the return package. (SI.com)

* AL Rookie of the Year Neftali Feliz has heard the rumors about being moved to the rotation if the Rangers lose Lee, but hasn't been told anything by the team. (Hoy -- link in Spanish)

* The Yankees want Derek Jeter to sign for three years at $63 million, but Jeter is looking for as many as five or six years. (ESPNNewYork.com)

* The Marlins have been busy, but they're not done, with Larry Beinfest saying he'd like to add a starting pitcher. (Palm Beach Post)

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 6:30 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2010 8:05 pm

Rangers to start Cantu, Francoeur in Game 1

Jeff Francouer The Rangers plan to continue starting right-handed players against left-handed starters, which means that Jorge Cantu and Jeff Francoeur (photo, right) will be appearing in Texas' lineup against the Rays in Game 1 as ESPN Dallas reports .

Jorge Cantu The Rays have Cy Young candidate David Price lined up to pitch, so Cantu (photo, left) will draw the start at first and  Francoeur likely will appear in right field. Cantu has lost playing time against right-handed starters thanks to his poor performance after being acquired from the Marlins but historically destroys lefties.

Francoeur, unlike Cantu, has impressed since joining Texas and also has his own established track record against lefties.

When righty James Shields takes the mound for Game 2, expect Mitch Moreland and either Julio Borbon or hobbled David Murphy to step into the lineup.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 1, 2010 6:22 pm

Hamilton's back in the field

Josh Hamilton Josh Hamilton is not just back in the Rangers' lineup tonight, he's back in the field.

It was assumed Hamilton would serve as the Rangers' designated hitter tonight, but instead he's batting third and playing center field.

According to Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram , Hamilton will play six innings. He is also wearing a protective vest that he will sport for the rest of the season.

Chris Davis and Jorge Cantu are unavailable for the Rangers tonight, as botha  stomach bug and head cold are going around the clubhouse, Andro writes.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 25, 2010 7:03 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2010 7:33 pm

Cantu finally shows up at perfect time

Jorge Cantu
Perhaps Jorge Cantu was just lurking, waiting for the right moment to put his stamp on his new team.

Cantu, traded from the Marlins to the Rangers on July 29, had set a club record for futility by going without an RBI for his first 81 plate appearances as a Ranger entering Saturday's game in Oakland. Even batting .203, as Cantu was since the trade, you should accidentally drive in a run at some point over 81 trips to the plate.

Then Saturday, with the Rangers needing a win to clinch their first division title since 1999, there was Cantu. He delivered his first RBI on a single in the sixth inning to put Texas up 2-1, then in the eighth, with the score tied, he delivered a solo homer to center field to put Texas within six outs of the playoffs.

And that's just how easy it is to go from zero to hero in September. You can bet the champagne tasted a lot better than it would have a day earlier.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 22, 2010 10:15 pm

Hamilton would move to 1B

Josh Hamilton
The Rangers haven't officially talked about moving Josh Hamilton out of the outfield, but you can bet it's going to be a topic of conversation this winter after injuries suffered in the field have kept the MVP candidate from his primary job: hitting the ball.

Hamilton, out with a rib injury sustained running into a wall, said Wednesday he'd be fine with a switch.

"I'm open to playing anywhere," Hamilton, who also has knee problems, told the Dallas Morning News. "I think I'm a pretty good outfielder and I just always thought I'd play the outfield as long as I could, and if one day somebody wanted to move me to first or DH, then I'd do that."

Vladimir Guerrero, who has a mutual option for next year, is ably plugging the DH role, but the Rangers have room at first base. Boy, do they have room. They have gotten a .211 average and a league-worst 55 RBI out of the position this year and are heading into the postseason trying to figure out playing time between Mitch Moreland, Chris Davis and Jorge Cantu (batting .206 since being traded to Texas).

Hamilton hasn't played first base since high school, and he's a good outfielder -- decent range and a great arm. The Rangers might take a defensive hit by moving him. But that's nothing compared with the hit they take when baseball's leading hitter is on the bench when they need him. The Rangers' primary concern has to be making sure Hamilton makes it to the plate as many times as possible.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 31, 2010 5:43 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2010 7:03 pm

Report: Rangers target Lowell

Mike Lowell
Since it became clear they have a legitimate shot to be a championship contender this season, the Rangers have been pushing hard to add players, with a hand in seemingly every trade rumor.

Well, MLB.com says that with the deadline to add postseason-eligible players just hours away, the Rangers are still hammering the phone lines. Some reports out of New York have had Mets odd man out Jeff Francoeur headed to Texas (he could be non-tendered if the deadline passes and the Mets can't move him), but T.R. Sullivan reports that it's another odd man out -- Boston's Mike Lowell -- who is the Rangers' top target.

The Rangers almost dealt for Lowell last winter until it surfaced that he needed thumb surgery. He's cropped up several times this year in rumors about the Rangers. But now it could finally happen. The Rangers' deadline acquisition of the Marlins' Jorge Cantu has been a disaster in the early going, as he's batting .211 in 18 games since the trade. Lowell would be another right-handed infield option.

Players must be added to a team's roster by midnight ET tonight in order to be eligible for that team's postseason roster.

UPDATE: Now Sullivan counters his own report, saying a Rangers official told him "Nothing is happening with Lowell." The Dallas Morning News says the Francoeur thing is still alive.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 11:54 pm

What are the Marlins doing?

Larry Beinfest
It seems appropriate that as we head into trade deadline day, the Marlins are sitting at exactly .500. Because this team is solidly riding the fence -- with hours to go, president Larry Beinfest still doesn't seem to know whether he's a buyer or a seller.

Thursday they traded away Jorge Cantu. Early Friday, reports were that they are taking offers on Cody Ross. Then we hear d that Ross is off the table and was even before Chris Coghlan was hurt. Now MLB.com reports that the Marlins are "actively pursuing Major League-ready bullpen help" by the deadline to shore up for "a final stretch run."

So wait, now they're buyers preparing for a stretch run?

Even when Beinfest tries to clarify his position, it sounds like he doesn't really have one.

"We're not going to force anything," he told the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Friday. "We've got our eye on this season, but also future seasons. You can see a lot of the parts now that are going to be big parts of this ballclub in the future. We want to make sure whatever we do has an eye to the future, but by no means do we want to shut down this season."

Uh, OK.

-- David Andriesen

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