The Giants, who beat the Marlins Tuesday night for their seventh win in 10 games and currently sit in second place in the N.L. West, just 2.5 games back from the Padres (and lead the Wild Card by just 1.5 games over the Reds), are gearing up for a playoff push before July 31's trading deadline.
According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, San Francisco has "stepped up" their effort for Florida's Jorge Cantu, and they may now be the front-runners to land the 1B/3B, ahead of the Rangers and Rockies, all of whom are looking for a right-handed bat. With the Marlins wanting a young left-handed pitcher in return, and the team to pay roughly $2 million of salary still owed to Cantu this season, he may just be too expensive for the Rangers.
Cantu is hitting .260 with a .308 OBP and an 89 OPS+ with 10 home runs this season, all down numbers by his standards.