Despite overtures from Jorge Cantu, which the Braves gave some consideration, they decided not to pursue the free agent infielder as another piece for their bench, according to a Braves official.
Cantu is looking for an every-day job, either at first base or third, and the Braves don’t have openings at either spot. The Braves have rookie Freddie Freeman ready to take over at first base and Chipper Jones coming back from knee surgery to his old spot at third base.
Even if Jones can’t make it back healthy, the Braves prefer to use Martin Prado at third base. Prado is penciled in to start the season in left field.
If the Braves add another bench player, with likely no more than $1-2 million to invest, their greater needs are for a backup center fielder and backup shortstop.
Cantu, who turns 29 on Jan. 30, played for the Braves new manager Fredi Gonzalez as a Marlin. He has hit .274, with 101 home runs and 460 RBIs in seven seasons with the Rays, Reds, Marlins and Rangers. He