Tradespin: Rangers cannot afford a new 1B? Cantu!


(By Dave)

According to numerous reports, the Rangers have acquired cornerman Jorge Cantu from the Marlins in exchange for Double-A right-handers Evan Reed and Omar Poveda.
A free-agent-to-be, Cantu is hitting .259 with 10 homers and 54 RBIs and a .408 slugging this season for the Marlins.
Unfortunately for the Rangers, these numbers are still much better than whatever Chris Davis (.188-0-3; 101 AB) has been providing.
Furthermore, with Ian Kinsler on the DL with a strained left groin, Cantu — who has played over 200 games in his career at 1B, 2B and 3B — can provide insurance there, as well.
Shifting to a much better lineup and a much better ballpark should heavily increase Cantu’s fantasy value the rest of the way, and the possibility that he could add second-base eligibility makes him a virtual must-add in any format in which he has been dropped.
Cantu posted a .289-16-100 line last season over 149 with the Fish, and there’s little reason to think he can’t replicate — if not top — those type of numbers the rest of the way in Texas.

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