Rangers Close to Reeling in Marlin's Jorge Cantu

James Bondman@@james_bondmanCorrespondent IJuly 29, 2010

MIAMI - APRIL 11:  Third baseman Jorge Cantu #3 of the Florida Marlins follows through against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Sun Life Stadium on April 11, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The Marlins defeated the Dodgers 6-5.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the Texas Rangers are the front runners in hopes of swinging a deal for the Marlins corner infielder, Jorge Cantu.

The Marlins have told the Texas Rangers they would eat up most if not all of Cantu's remaining salary which stands at around $2 million. This move would enable the Marlins to ask and probably get a good quality pitching prospect who is on the verge of the big leagues. Candidates who fit the mold include lefties Beau Jones, Robert Erlin and Martin Perez. 

If he heads to Texas, Cantu would most likely be a starter at first base, replacing their current free swinging first baseman Chris Davis. Davis, whose batting average is south of the Mendoza Line after 30 plus games on the season.

Cantu could also return to his former position at second place with the injury to Ian Kinsler. 

Jorge Cantu got off to a great start in April with a .311 batting average, five HRs and 23 RBIs but since then has hit .241 with five HRs and 31 RBIs. Nevertheless, a change of scenery to the American League and playing in Ballpark in Arlington, a hitters park, would help him. Cantu drove in 100 RBIs last season with a .289 average and 16 HRs.

For the Marlins, they would most likely fill the void at third base with another corner infielder, Wes Helms and utility player Emilo Bonifacio. If recently called up prospect Logan Morrison does well, Chris Coghlan would return to play at third if not this season, then next.