MLB.com's Joe Frisaro has a source suggesting the Marlins are "almost 100 percent" certain to retain infielder Jorge Cantu. Cantu is due an arbitration raise on this year's $3.5MM salary, and the Marlins "appear willing to pay."
Dan Uggla, the team's other arbitration-eligible infielder, will earn more than Cantu next year. Uggla is widely expected to be traded, with ESPN's Jayson Stark writing Thursday that the Giants and Rangers were hot and heavy on Uggla at the GM Meetings (November 9th-11th). However, Giants GM Brian Sabean told Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle Thursday that no trades were close.