Looks like that Ian Kinsler injury turned out to be something the Rangers didn’t want to wait for, and the Fish lose a classy player in Jorge Cantu.
One last, “hip hip, Jorge!” for the steady player that was left on the heap when he came to Florida. He now leaves as a respected run producer that can play both corner spots and even DH with the Rangers. And you have to feel good for Cantu in that he gets a chance to help the Rangers crash the postseason party. It isn’t like the team doesn’t need it, they are headed for some financial problems and the franchise is being sold to several potential buyers – like Nolan Ryan or Mark Cuban.
The Rangers also tried to go for the whole ball of wax and actually inquired about Josh Johnson, about whom the Marlins said was untouchable and probably laughed at the Rangers inquiry.
What does this mean for the Marlins? The youth movement continues. With Logan Morrison making his debut earlier in the week, and Gaby Sanchez at 1B, the Marlins have some young bats that can replace Cantu’s run production and possibly outshine it in a few years. Mike Stanton is entrenched in right field, and still learning. Chris Coughlan, celebratory injuries aside, is being talked about making a position change to 3B. He, like Cantu, did come up playing 2B so a change to the corner is not too large of a stretch – especially with Logan Morrison showing some promise defensively in LF.
The Marlins will say good-bye to Cantu, but their focus will shift towards developing their younger talent for their own future run into the playoffs.