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Rangers inquired about JJ

You can file this in the “Worth A Shot” category.

MLB.com has learned that in talking to the Marlins about acquiring Jorge Cantu, the Rangers also figured it was worth a chance to reach for the sky. They also inquired to see if the Marlins would consider trading All-Star Josh Johnson.

Texas was willing to part with their top three prospects, just to get the conversation rolling for the hard-throwing Florida ace.

Before a conversation could even get started, the Marlins made it clear that Johnson is “unmovable.”

In the first of a four-year, $39 million contract, Johnson is one of the top talents in the game. The 26-year-old right-hander is 10-3 and he holds a MLB-leading 1.72 ERA.

On Tuesday at San Francisco, Johnson had a string of 13 consecutive starts of going at least six innings while allowing no more than two runs stopped. He gave up three runs in seven innings in a no-decision. 

The streak is one shy of the MLB record of 14 set by Mike Scott in 1986.

Johnson is one of the building blocks of the Marlins, and he projects to be a central figure with the organization when their new stadium opens in 2012.

On Thursday, the Marlins did deal Cantu to Texas for pitching prospects Evan Reed and Omar Poveda.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Cantu, Rangers rumors gain steam

Jorge Cantu singled and scored in the fourth inning, about the same time the latest report surfaced that the veteran was on the verge of being traded.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com, the Marlins and Rangers are finalizing a deal that would send Cantu to Texas for two Minor League pitchers.

As MLB.com reported Wednesday, right-hander Evan Reed of Double-A Frisco was one of them. The second is right-hander Omar Poveda, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Rosenthal reported Poveda, and MLB.com confirmed the right-hander also is the prospect the Marlins were looking at.

The Rangers have been closely scouting Cantu since the All-Star Break. The Giants and Rockies also have had interest.

– Joe Frisaro

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