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Report: Cantu, Ross on the Trading Block

    Ken Rosenthal at FoxSports is reporting (see his story here), that based on information gathered from major league sources, that the Marlins are dangling Jorge Cantu and Cody Ross but are holding off on Dan Uggla and Ricky Nolasco -- at least for the moment.

    There are no surprises in this group. Cantu is eligible for free agency after the season while Ross (and Uggla) will be entering their third year of arbitration eligiblity. If it's the Marlins' intention to go with an outfield in 2011 of Mike Stanton, Cameron Maybin and Logan Morrison (don't be surprised if he's called up soon) and Chris Coghlan moving back to the infield, then Ross figures to get traded. He wouldn't be hard to deal. He plays all three outfield positions competently and, perhaps most importantly, won't cost an arm and a leg for the team that gets him. I spoke to a major league scout last week about Ross, Cantu and Uggla. Here's what he had to say about Ross:

    "Cody Ross is a guy that every person says, 'Boy, I'd love to him as my fourth outfielder.' He's got that fourth outfielder label and I guarantee you, people are looking him, either as a fourth outfielder off the bench or in a platoon with a lefty. I think you'd get second-tier prospects, not front-line guys, for Ross. But he's marketable."

    The scout is more taken with Cantu:

    "Cantu, I'd be inclined to put him at first base if I were another club and just let him hit. Out of the three of them (Ross, Uggla), the one I'd like to have is Cantu because now that they're peeing in that little cup, it's hard to find guys that can hit consistently and with power. He's got value in the American League, too. I think he's a prime DH. You don't have to worry about hiding him defensively like you do with Uggla. You can put him at first -- not a good third, but he can play it."

   Here's the scout's viewpoint on Uggla:

    "Uggla, he's going to get paid because of those offensive numbers, but the defense is so bad. But with Uggla, I'd think you'd get a player in return that's closer to the top tier.  Here's the thing: you're one injury away from all three of those guys going up in value. That's why teams why so long to make deals. With injuries (to other teams), those guys go up exponentially in value. LIke the Padres. If  (David) Eckstein goes down, Uggla's value goes up for the Padres."

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Georgia Panther

Would really like to see cantu dealt to see if Uggla could handle 3b on a regular basis and if he proves he can, then sign him to a 3-4year contract. I don't have faith that Dominguez, now in AA, while a fine fielder, will ever hit enough to be a regular thirdbaseman.

marcelo coto

If the owner of the MARLINS, thinks of getting ride of THE GOOD plAYERS AGain, hew is out of his mind. I dont think MaRLINS Fans will be buying that aND t the opening of the new stadium on 2012 he better give the tickets
AWAY FOR FREE. lOTS OF MY FRIENDS Agree with
me NEVER AGAin to paY ADMISSION TO SEE
minor leAgue plAYERS.

mung

Just this morning I was thinking to myself, "What the Marlins really need right now are more minor league prospects."

Scott

You have to trade Cantu. You can't shell out big money for a 30-year old avg defensive first baseman. I love Cantu has much as anybody but unless you're the Yankees, it's not a smart way to spend your money. Cody's loveable but replaceable. Despite the defense, would still like to see Uggla stick around to yell at Hanley when he needs it.

Ultra

Changes at the end of the year should be expected, especially Cody and/or Cantu unfortunately considering their ages and salaries. But, if Loria blows up this team at the deadline he's only further proving how crummy an owner he is, especially considering what the Heat have just done. Micky Arison SIGNS superstars and quality players, he doesn't trade them away in salary dumps. His organization instills loyalty in it's players(see Haslem re-signing here for less money TWICE). Loria is a cheapskate who doesn't care about Marlins fans, and doesn't care about South Florida, PERIOD.

I understand the limitations of the current stadium lease but other owners in similar situations never made jokes of their teams(San Fran, Minnesota, Atlanta, Philly, etc. etc. teams who rented football stadiums).

Here's the best deadline deal the Marlins could ever make:

Pittsburgh gets: Jeffrey Loria
Marlins get: 3 hot dogs and a case of Cracker Jack

stan harmon

can anyone explain to me what was the great rush to dump freddie . now loria has to carry his salary as well as pay the new manager. He just cant be that bright as an owner ranks at the bottom of the pile with exception of the Baltimore Orioles owner . Marlins selling again and will finish out of the money. Going to a new ball park with a bunch of minor leaguers lucky to get anyone to come see them especially from broward county

bobbyd12

Nothing has changed, Loria played the same games in Montreal and has brought it to South Florida. This is a SALARY DUMP. This is not about improving the team. This is the time and year Loria needs to start INCREASING the salary and bringing in talent. He wants us to buy into season tickets and the new stadium then he better convince us that he is doing the right thing. Firing Freddi was the first indication that he is NOT doing what's best!!!

Pelu Maad

Bring Amezaga back...even if he just sits on the bench!

ronny blast

did you see tonite game new manager brings a rookie to pitch in the 8th dumb!!?? got the game almost lost!! what did you dump freddy for.the new boss is just another AAA skipper thats it Freddy was just a tool to get the new ballpark Think about it!!

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