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Cantu takes his cuts

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Cantu agrees on $6 million contract

The Marlins came to terms on a one-year, $6 million contract with slugger Jorge Cantu.

Retaining Cantu also was a high priority. The veteran will turn 28 on Jan. 30, and he’s been one of the Marlins top run producers the past two years. In 2009, he collected 100 RBIs batting in the cleanup spot, behind All-Star Hanley Ramirez.

Cantu, who made $3.5 million in ’09, can play either first base or third base. In Spring Training, prospects Gaby Sanchez and Logan Morrison will get a shot to win the first base job. If one of them does, Cantu projects to play third base. If neither prospect claims first base, then Cantu would be the front runner to play first.

In the first half of 2009, Cantu dealt with some injury and health issues. He played through a sore left hand, after being hit by a Daniel Cabrera fastball in the third game of the year. Before he was completely recovered, he went through stretches where his body was lethargic, a side effect created by medication he was taking for a cholesterol condition.

In the second to last game of the season, Cantu sprained his right ankle, and he spent a few weeks in a walking boot.

While Cantu’s home run total was down from 29 in 2008 to 16 in 2009, he drove in more runs last year.

He was able to reach the century mark by driving in 25 after August.

Cantu added a career high 42 doubles, topping the 41 he hit in 2008.

— Joe Frisaro

Measuring interest in Cabrera

Daniel Cabrera’s struggles to throw strikes may ultimately shy the Marlins away from signing the right-hander, who was designated for assignment by the Nationals on Wednesday.

The Marlins are exploring whether to sign the 27-year-old. Working against him is the fact he has almost as many walks as innings pitched. With Washington, Cabrera walked 35 in 40 innings.

According to a source on Friday, Cabrera may have a difficult time landing immediately with another MLB team. There is a strong possibility that he could sign a Minor League contract, where he could work on his command first.

The Marlins Minor League pitching depth is thin, and that may be where he would fit immediately, if he is obtained by the organization.

Marlins pitching coach Mark Wiley previously worked with Cabrera when the right-hander pitched for the Orioles.

Cabrera was 0-5 witha 5.85 ERA in nine games with eight starts for the Nationals.

Along with his 35 walks, he’s struck out 16. He’s also had 10 wild pitches, and two hit batters, including plunking Jorge Cantu on the back of the left hand on April 8.

— Joe Frisaro

Cantu still day-to-day

An MRI revealed a deep bone bruise on the back of Jorge Cantu’s left hand/wrist. The first baseman had a cortisone injection, and he was again out of the lineup on Friday in the series opener with the Phillies.

Cantu last played on Monday at Pittsburgh, and he said on Friday that he is very hopeful to be back in the lineup on Saturday. Cantu still is feeling the effects of being hit on the back of the hand by a Daniel Cabrera fastball in the third game of the season.

What aggravated the injury was in the field when he had his glove hand jammed by a runner in a game a few days later against the Mets.

Before playing, Cantu said he wants to test the wrist by swinging the bat.

“I’m resting it today,” Cantu said. “I’m not taking batting practice.”

In Pittsburgh, the wrist became so bothersome that he spoke up, and he was sent back to Florida on Wednesday, where he had an MRI.

“I had to say something,” he said. “I can’t cheat the team.”

Cantu has played through pain before. In 2006, when he was with Tampa Bay, he played a few weeks early in the season with a fracture in his left foot.

“Everything seems to happen on the left side,” Cantu said.

Asked why he does’t take it easy, go on the DL retroactive to Tuesday, and let the injury heal itself, Cantu said: “I’m not a big fan of the DL. I want to get this thing right. It’s getting right. I’ll be full go. The way I’m feeling, I don’t think I need the DL, unless I aggravate it more. That’s a different story.”

— Joe Frisaro

Cantu's hand healing

The latest medical evaluation on Jorge Cantu’s sore left hand is encouraging.

When the team was in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Cantu was sent back to South Florida, where Marlins physicials took another look at the first baseman’s hand. The latest tests show Cantu has a bruise, and there is no further damage.

Now whether he is back in the lineup on Friday against the Phillies is up to manager Fredi Gonzalez. In terms of how the hand/wrist feels, it is getting better. So there is encouragement.

Cantu last played on Monday at Pittsburgh, and the days off this week are helping the healing process. In the third game of the season against Washington, he was struck on the back of his hand by a Daniel Cabrera fastball.

Cantu is one of Florida’s most durable and dependable players. Batting cleanup, he is hitting behind All-Star Hanley Ramirez.

In his arbitration years, the Marlins should seriously consider locking up Cantu to a multiyear contract. With a new stadium on the horizon for 2012, the Marlins are better positioned to pick which players to sign to long-term deals.

Signing pitcher Josh Johnson is high on Florida’s list. Regarding position players, retaining Cantu also makes sense for a number of reasons — his production on the field, the fact that he can hit cleanup behind Ramirez, and his character in the clubhouse.

The Marlins are high on chemistry in their clubhouse, and Cantu fits the bill.

— Joe Frisaro

Cantu to get breather

Deciding when to give bench players starts is a challenge for all managers.

Fredi Gonzalez on Sunday is planning on starting Ross Gload at first base, giving Jorge Cantu a day off. Of course, Cantu will be available to pinch-hit.

The strategy is partly based to give Gload a chance to have four at-bats, which is important for players to stay sharp. As a pinch-hitter, Gload has done a terrific job.

Getting regular plate appearances will certainly pay off.

Another thing to consider with this move is Cantu gets to avoid facing Nationals right-hander Daniel Cabrera. In the third game of the season, Cabrera plunked Cantu on the back of the left hand with a 91 mph fastball.

Since then, Cantu is wearing a protective padding on the back of his batting glove.

— Joe Frisaro

Cantu in lineup

Encouraging news for the Marlins.

Jorge Cantu, who was plunked on the left hand by a pitch on Wednesday, was back in the starting lineup on Friday against the Mets. Cantu is slotted to bat cleanup and play first base.

Cantu was struck on the back of his left hand by a Daniel Cabrera or Washington fastball. X-rays came back negative.

The batting order was similar to what the team has been using against right-handed pitching.

Mets lineup: Reyes, Murphy, Wright, Delgado, Beltran, Church, Schneider, Castillo and Maine.

— Joe Frisaro

Cantu plunked by pitch

Some encouraging news on Jorge Cantu. An X-ray on his left hand came back negative.

Cantu absorbed being struck on the back of his hand by a Daniel Cabrera fastball in the fifth inning.

Shaken, Cantu was tended to by Marlins trainer Sean Cunningham. He remained in the game, and scored from first on Dan Uggla’s three-run double. In the top of the sixth inning, from his first base position, Cantu caught a hard line drive off the bat of Adam Dunn.

The Marlins took Cantu out of the game in the top of the seventh inning. The team is off on Thursday, and he will have a full day to rest his hand.

— Joe Frisaro