Jorge Cantu and his productive bat and his Spaghetti Western movie villain facial hair were all shipped to Texas yesterday in exchange for pitching prospects Evan Reed and Omar Paveta. The Marlins will be paying $600,000 of the $2.2 million remaining on Cantu's contract, because, well, these are the Marlins we're talking about, so that sounds about right.
The move adds depth and much needed help to a bullpen that, if you haven't noticed, is quite craptastic. When asked how he felt about being traded to the AL West leading, playoff bound Rangers, Cantu responded:
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"It is a huge relief because it was lingering around my head for like a week. I tried not to think about it too much. Probably it affected me a little on the field. I don't know, maybe, maybe not. It's a weight off my shoulders for sure."