Friday, December 5, 2008

Firing up the Hot Stove

In his recent blog, ESPN's Jayson Stark writes "The Giants aren't the only team interested in Florida's Jorge Cantu. There are indications the White Sox also have gotten involved." I hope the Marlins do trade Cantu because the main beneficiary of Cantu going to another team would be former Angels and Salt Lake 3B Dallas McPherson. With Cantu out of the picture, DMac should be the Marlins stater at the hot-corner in 2009.

During his career McPherson has displayed outstanding power but he has been injury prone. At the end of the 2008 season McPherson had surgery on his back. If this past season is any indication, he has overcome his back problems. For AAA Albuquerque McPherson hit 42 homeruns and posted a line of .275/.379/.618. From the Marlins perspective, McPherson would be an improvement over Cantu. For a cheaper salary DMac would equal or exceed Cantu's homerun and RBI production with a higher OBP.

Dallas McPherson is one of my all time favorite Salt Lake players. He demonstrated incrediable potential playing for the Stingers and, with the injury problems finally behind him, I hope he receives the opportunity to be an every day player for the Marlins in 2009. Given the chance McPherson could be one of the best power hitters in the National League.

I shot this video of McPherson at a Salt Lake game in 2004.