Jorge Cantu, everybody’s favorite Jedi baseball player, may be on the verge of losing his job to Ty Wigginton. Tonight, Papa Joe Maddon is starting all of his regulars (minus an injured Dioner Navarro) with Wigginton at second base and Cantu on the bench for the second time in the past three days. We considered the possibility that Cantu may be moved from second base to first base, but we never really considered that he would be removed from the lineup all together.
It is no mystery that Cantu is not the best defensive second baseman, but it is generally believed that his offense can make up for any deficiencies in the field. With Greg Norton in the lineup at first base again, the real question then becomes, what happens to Cantu if he is not the starting second baseman? We can’t imagine that Papa Joe would have a use for him on the bench, with his limited defensive abilities. More likely, the move would force a trade of Cantu for prospects or relief help.
The other interesting aspect of this move is that Papa Joe is leaning towards Wigginton as the replacement and not B. J. Upton, Akinori Iwamura or to a lesser extent Brendan Harris. Even if Wigginton is Maddon’s first choice, everybody knows that Wigginton can play second. So it is revealing that none of the other players are getting any work at second base.