Rangers Acquire Jorge Cantu

After months of rumors and speculation, the Marlins finally traded Jorge Cantu. They sent him to the Rangers for AA righties Evan Reed and Omar Poveda in a deal that became official this evening. The Marlins will pay $600K of the $2.2MM remaining on Cantu's salary.

Cantu, 28, is hitting .259/.308/.408 this season with ten homers. The 28-year-old becomes a free agent after the season and has said he would like to sign with the Marlins. At this point, the club is considering multi-year deals for some of Cantu's former teammates.

Reed, 24, has a 1.76 ERA as a reliever in the upper minors this year. He has posted 7.9 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 across two levels so far in 2010.

Poveda is now on the disabled list, recovering from Tommy John surgery, but Baseball America ranked him 20th among Rangers prospects entering the season. BA explained then that Poveda "profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter."

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and Joel Sherman of the New York Post contributed to the story as it broke.


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60 Comments on "Rangers Acquire Jorge Cantu"


gigantes2425
4 years 11 months ago

just glad its not the giants. bullet almost dodged!

melonis_rex
4 years 11 months ago

Do it, Rangers. We all know how Bengie Molina’s worked out for the Rangers.

fishfan4life
4 years 11 months ago

Cantu’s career is the definition of streaky…a good year or two then he starts sucking…later Jorgie

Dave_Gershman
4 years 11 months ago

Just to let ou know, you might want to be a bit excited about Reed. He could be the next Todd Coffey or something like that.

Ian_Smell
4 years 11 months ago

I didn’t know that Todd Coffey was something to get excited about.

Wrek305
4 years 11 months ago

Todd Coffey is a moron.. it’s not possible for him to leave the brewers he fits the description of the team they are all fugly

Wrek305
4 years 11 months ago

Todd Coffey is a moron.. it’s not possible for him to leave the brewers he fits the description of the team they are all fugly

Abraham Zapruder
4 years 11 months ago

Luckily for the Rangers, he won’t be play 3b. He is brutal defensively there.

Guest
4 years 11 months ago

::phew:: one less hitter for the Mets to worry about

rsanchez1
4 years 11 months ago

You haven’t had to worry about him since early May…

Guest
4 years 11 months ago

Yeah, but the Mets are the team that players get hot against.

drew6
4 years 11 months ago

Im thinking, one B prospect and a couple of C- prospects

marlinsdoit
4 years 11 months ago

Cantu was an RBI machine in April, he’s been in a funk ever since…wish him all the best with the Rangers..when he’s hot, he’s hot. But man, when his bat gets cold it’s realllly cold!

drew6
4 years 11 months ago

Global Warming Lol

jwsox
4 years 11 months ago

I think its a good addition to the rangers, he is pretty solid at 1st, and would be a good platoon with davis to take some pressure off of him so he does not crack like he did last year. Plus he would be batting in the lower part of the line up for them unlike the marlins where he is closer to the middle, thus less pressure on him, also he would be going to a very very hitter friendly park

MadmanTX
4 years 11 months ago

I rub my temples waiting to hear what the Rangers are going to have to give up to get Cantu…time to deplete the farm system again?

MadmanTX
4 years 11 months ago

Ok…that answers my question. whew…not too bad cost wise.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 11 months ago

not really. Evan Reed isn’t a top 100 prospect but might be a good reliever like Todd Coffey or Daniel Bard down the road. Poveda is a throw in.

4 years 11 months ago

Theres no way Reed turns into Daniel Bard. He was a consensus top prospect by every meaningful scout. And I don’t know how you can compare Todd Coffey and Bard, 10 K/9 for Bard and 6 K/9 for Coffey. Bard has already racked up more WAR in 2 seasons than Coffey in 6.

hedonistimpulse
4 years 11 months ago

Completely agree. Todd Coffey and Daniel Bard aren’t comparable.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 11 months ago

Surprised it wasn’t Matt Harrison going to the Marlins.

bevothephenom
4 years 11 months ago

cantu is still playing..he just batted

Jason_F
4 years 11 months ago

How is Cantu playing right now for the Marlins? He just singled against the Giants. Isn’t that a little irresponsible?

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 11 months ago

Deal isn’t official.

foxtown
4 years 11 months ago

He may still need to take a physical before the deal is 100% complete. I don’t think he belongs to the Rangers just yet.

4 years 11 months ago

I wouldn’t compare Reed to Bard in any way. Reed is a nice arm, but I don’t see him as anything more than a nice middle reliever or maybe a set up guy. Poveda is a guy I’ve always liked. He had the best change up in the Rangers system before he got hurt. Once he fully recovers from TJ he should start out at AA next year and move quickly to AAA. I was looking forward to him starting this year in AAA. Had he not gotten hurt I’m confident he would have already made his big league debut.

Bob George
4 years 11 months ago

That deal can’t be close to being done, Cantu is still in the Marlins game in the 5th inning. If they were close to a deal he would have been pulled from the game.

Bob George
4 years 11 months ago

That deal can’t be close to being done, Cantu is still in the Marlins game in the 5th inning. If they were close to a deal he would have been pulled from the game.

4 years 11 months ago

Sad to see him go, hopefully he will be back after this season. He’s a solid player, especially at first base… he’ll have 100 RBI again this season more than likely.

4 years 11 months ago

Cantu just made a throwing error, breaking up Sanchez’s perfect game. Next batter got a single.

rsanchez1
4 years 11 months ago

The Marlins are getting a pitcher recovering from Tommy John surgery and a pretty mediocre pitcher from the Rangers in exchange for Cantu and $600K?? Looks like the Rangers came out the winners on this one. If the Marlins had shopped Cantu even a week ago they might have gotten more for him. He has been playing terrible baseball lately. Oh well, I heard he really liked Miami, so maybe he’ll be back for the Marlins next season, and won’t be terrible.

fishfan4life
4 years 11 months ago

It’s a wash of a deal

4 years 11 months ago

I now wonder if Moreland or Davis will go back down to AAA. Davis has been brutal, but he is a great defensive 1B. Moreland adds positional versatility as a LFRF1B option.

Interested to see what happens…I say keep Moreland up and see what he can do.

4 years 11 months ago

Nice pickup by the Rangers. No long term commitment and only give up minor league depth. Reed may become a decent middle man eventually but we have tons of higher ceiling arms on the farm.