Rangers pushing for Cantu
The Rangers are trying to make a strong push for Marlins infielder Jorge Cantu before the Trade Deadline.
The Rangers are looking for a right-handed hitting backup first baseman and Cantu is high on their list. He is hitting .260 with ten home runs and 54 RBI in 93 games and 358 at-bats for the Marlins. But he is also hitting .222 with no home runs and four RBI in 17 games in July
The Rangers are also still interested in Orioles infielder Ty Wigginton, who is hitting .249 with 16 home runs and 48 RBI in 91 games and 333 at-bats. He also has been in a slump, hitting .209 in June and .208 in July.
Chris Davis would still be the Rangers primarly first baseman but the Rangers want a right-handed hitter to help him out and replace Joaquin Arias on the roster.
Cantu though has just a .733 OPS against left-handers this season and Wigginton has a .711 OPS against them.
Cantu would still be owed $2 million over the final two months if traded on July 31. The Rangers can’t afford that but Judge Michael Lynn told the Rangers earlier this week in court that he has the power to have MLB extend their line of credit to make such a transaction possible.