KOSTAS wrote:Well Cantu is going to be in the minors or traded, Iwamura plays 3B and Upton will not be able to handle 2B defense long term. Who is going to play 2B???
to me it's kind of a toss-up between gomes and cantu,
neither had a great spring.
but while gomes is a fan favorite, showed up in great shape and has an awesome work ethic, cantu is probably the safer bet to hit in the majors. which isn't saying much. though i do actually like both of them and think they could be fairly productive if healthy and given the AB.
Iwamura plays 3rd, but could play 2nd if Upton couldn't handle it.
I wouldn't rule out Upton playing third and Iwamura moving to 2nd if there was an issue, I think they're pretty committed to getting Upton as much time as they can. It's a big year for him, they've messed with him enough, he deserves his shot and I believe they will give it to him.
BillyHallDisciple wrote:I don't get it, is Cantu really that bad? I very rarely see the D-Rays play, but he was great two years ago and last year had an off-year due to a broken foot. He's only 25. Is he really that awful??? I would think a healthy Cantu might be able to put up ok numbers. What's so bad about him that the D-Rays are treating him like that? They seem like an idiot organization anyways...
no, cantu isn't bad. he gets a bad wrap,
he's a fairly reliable hitter if he's healthy.
which was a huge issue last year, and to me explains a lot of what went wrong. he is however, not a good defensive option at 2nd base. he should probably be playing 1st or DH, and his bat may not be good enough to take that role fulltime, the ray's have some great hitters.
Havok1517 wrote:I doubt any of them will get flat out cut. They'll likely be traded. Billy Beane has been known to like Gomes and now has a 1B opening. Cantu could fit nicely on the Mets or the Braves if the Johnson experiment fails.
right, i don't think so either.
i think people are using the wrong words unintentionally,
one of them will be sent to the minors, i believe they both have options left. maybe more for cantu than gomes.
i wouldn't be surprised if cantu is traded, but i'm not sure how much interest there is in Gomes. The A's traded for Jason Stokes, not too unlike Gomes in my mind.
I don't think a team would trade for Cantu to play him at 2nd,
he really shouldn't be playing there.