Cantu traded to Reds for two minor-leaguers
The Rays continued to clear out players no longer part of their plans, Saturday shipping 2005 team MVP INF Jorge Cantu to Cincinnati. In return, the Rays got two minor-league pitchers, lefty Brian Shackelford, who is 0-5, 4.96 in 41 games at Triple-A Louisville, and righthander Calvin Medlock, who is a combined 4-3, 3.39 at Double-A and Triple-A. Both will reprt to Triple-A Durham.
Agent Steve Canter said Cantu was "very happy and very excited" about the new opportunity. Ironically, Cantu will play for the Reds' Triple-A Louisville team against the Rays' Durham team tonight. (And singled in his first at-bat.)
Cantu hit .286 with 28 homers and 117 RBIs for the Rays in 2005, but struggled with injuries and inconsistency last season and has spent most of this year in the minors.