Braves talking with Jorge Cantu

UPDATE: Never mind.
Free-agent slugger Jorge Cantú made it known Saturday while attending the Michael Gill Benefit Ragball Tournament in Channelview, Texas, that ongoing conversations with the Houston Astros regarding a potential contract have recently ceased, thus leaving the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres as the clear-cut favorites to obtain his services.
Pluses: Cantu’s only 29 and has twice driven in 100 or more runs (as recently as 2009).
Minuses: He’s a liability on defense, committing 16 errors in 81 games at the hot  corner last year with Florida. And Cantu’s second-half OPS was a Diory Hernandez-like .606.

Meh.

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5 Comments on Braves talking with Jorge Cantu

  1. I like it- he provides a right handed bat off the bench off the bat we don’t have and an insurance policy in case Freddie stumbles, as well as an option to give him the day off against tough lefties. His defense sucks, but he could play third if, err… when, Chipper gets hurt.

    Sure he had a terrible second half, but that’s the only reason we can afford. His stats had been solid before that.

  2. roadrunner // January 23, 2011 at 8:53 pm //

    With all of this young pitching coming up, it would be nice to have some good gloves on the field.

  3. Jack Straw // January 24, 2011 at 12:06 pm //

    Bad glove, doesn’t hit for average, has a strikeout-to-walk ratio of about 5 to 1. We don’t want/need him.

    If we are out of money, I say we sign Andruw to play center. 20 homeruns, good defense, and Fredi might be able to make him want to play. The idea of McLout in center again gives me the willies, like finding out the guy who assaulted your child has been released from prison.

  4. Andruw signed with the Yankees last week.

  5. I like the guy, he always seems to hit against us.

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