The Florida Marlins traded slugging infielder Jorge Cantu to the Texas Rangers for pitching prospects Evan Reed and Omar Poveda.
Cantu hit .262 with 10 home runs and 54 RBI for the Marlins this year. He got off to an excellent start, hitting .311 in April, though he has cooled off since—he hit .252 in May, .245 in June and .238 thus far in July (to the despair of my fantasy baseball team).
Reed struggled in 2008 as a starting pitcher—though since becoming a reliever in 2009, he has performed very well. In 31 appearances in 2010, he has a 1.76 ERA. Poveda, by all accounts, seems fairly average. He has started 24 games in 2010, going 11-6 with a 4.10 ERA. His career ERA is 4.25.
Perhaps a change of scenery will help alleviate Cantu’s struggles. I sure hope it does—he’s been a hindrance on my fantasy team, but I don’t want to drop him because if he gets hot, he’ll be scooped up quickly to my displeasure.
Tags: Baseball, Florida Marlins, Texas Rangers