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Atlanta Braves Discuss Adding Jorge Cantu

The Braves have apparently been in talks with Jorge Cantu about a backup infield role, according to Stephen Goff of the Houston Astros Examiner. Says Cantu, "It (Atlanta) is a possible place."

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However, David O'Brien of the AJC shot it down by saying "the Braves discussed Jorge Cantu as a possibility but decided not to pursue."

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The mere thought of this makes no sense. Both Goff and Cantu must have zero idea about the Braves' situation at first base, because Goff says they have an opening at first following the departure of Derrek Lee, and Cantu views Atlanta as an ideal place to start. His name is Freddie Freeman, and all will know his name and quit writing these things by the end of 2011.

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My thought is that the Braves discussed Cantu as another option in a similar form as Joe Mather: backup corner infielder. Even then it's not worth it.

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Cantu can't play the middle infield anymore, so there's no way he comes in as a utility infielder. The Braves don't need a backup first baseman due to Eric Hinske and Joe Mather. They don't need a backup third baseman due to Martin Prado. They don't need an insurance third baseman due to the fact that Hinske and Mather can play left field.

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Furthermore, Cantu has never been as good as he is made out to be. He holds a career line of .274/.320/.446 with a BB% of 5.6% and wOBA of .330. In other words, he is overhyped to have over 600 plate appearances in two of the past three years, and over 500 in the other season.

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Therefore, I flick this story away with my pointy finger.

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