Is Jorge Cantu the next target for the Marlins? According to his agent, Steve Canter, the two parties are “pretty far along”. Cantu, the ex Devil Ray, offers some pop which the Marlins desperately need in order to even attempt to replace Miguel Cabrera’s bat – especially if super prospect Maybin won’t be ready.
In 2005, his best season, he had 28 home runs and batted .286 with 117 RBIs. If he could return to that kind of production, and he is only 26, the Marlins may have picked up a solid asset at maximum value. That would be a return to what the Marlins do best and Cantu would also gain an opportunity to land a larger contract in the future. So the two sides would mutually benefit. Also, let’s not forget, Cantu can play 2B which could allow for Uggla to play 3B.
Another possibility is Dallas McPherson, whom the Marlins are in contact with and are working on a deal. Touted as one of the best hitting prospects in the game back in 2005 by Baseball America, McPherson could provide the Marlins with another possibility to man third base.