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1/30/1982 (35 y, 21 d)
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Cantu has been designated for assignment by the Padres, the San Diego Union Tribune reports. (6/15/2011)
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Year in Review:
Luckily for the Marlins and those fantasy managers who owned Cantu in '09, the fear that Cantu's breakout '08 season was a fluke proved to be unfounded. However, his power numbers dropped somewhat significantly as his homer output dropped from 29 to 16 and as his ISO rate dove from .204 to .154. He did, though, still hit 40+ doubles for the second straight year and he reached 100 RBI for the second time in his career (the first being '05 with the Rays). His wOBA of .343 was almost identical to '08. An increase in his BABIP helped produce a respectable batting average of .289.
The Year Ahead:
Cantu may not hit more than 20 homers again in his career, but he provides plenty of gap power and he should hit in the .270-.280 range, especially as long as he has Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla protecting him in the lineup. The decrease in strikeout rate bodes well for his 2010 season, as it dropped from 17.7 in '08 to 13.8% in '09. Cantu showed that his overall approach is improving, a change supported by his walk rate, which improved from 6.0 to 7.4%. The '09 injury to Nick Johnson was a nice present to fantasy managers who can now use Cantu at either third base or first base. From a defensive standpoint, he's better at first base, but the Marlins lack options at the hot corner and no one wants to see Emilio Bonifacio play there regularly – ever again. (Marc Hulet)
First is the worst, second is the best, third is the one with the hairiest chest. Children all over America say this for what appears to be no reason at all; however -- with the exception of the "hairy chest" part -- it actually works as a decent representation of the defensive spectrum. As such, it also helps us understand the fantasy value of Jorge Cantu. Cantu has qualified, at different points in his career, as a first baseman, a third baseman, and a second baseman. Last year, he played those positions 63, 89, and one times, exactly. His career per-162-games line (.274 AVG, 21 HR, 94 RBI, 74 R, 2 SB) would be excellent for a second baseman, pretty good for a third baseman, and borderline non-rosterable for a first baseman (in a standard 5x5 league, that is). So, if that one appearance at second base qualifies him there in your league, he could well have value. There are questions, of course -- most notably the fact that, as of press time, Cantu's a free agent. Only 29, he's likely to end up somewhere and play 100-plus games. (Carson Cistulli)
The Quick Opinion:
Could be super-smart pick if he qualifies at second in your league. Otherwise, he's a late-round pick at best.
Once a promising yet stone-handed middle infielder, Cantu has gone from an asset to almost a non-entity, and he still won't turn 30 until just before 2012 spring training opens up. An ardent follower of the two-on, two-off approach (two good seasons, two bad seasons), Cantu was especially bad in 2011. As in 'getting cut from the San Diego Padres' offense bad. His triple-slash of .194/.232/.285 (.226 wOBA) was so bad that he was cut loose in June, and didn't resurface after that. Cantu was claimed by the Rockies, but a PCL-aided .778 OPS has done nothing for his offseason prospects, as Jorge has generated little interest on the free agent market. Since first basemen who can't hit or field don't typically keep jobs for long, Cantu isn't likely to have much fantasy value. (Brandon Warne)
The Quick Opinion:
He signed in January to be a backup. Why is he on your fantasy baseball radar?
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Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 3:32 AM ET
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