Although he can’t play shortstop, Cantu has been an Opening Day starter in the major leagues at three different infield positions — first, second and third. He has hit 101 homers with 460 RBI over 790 major league games.
Chase Headley leads by example and, by his own admission, “by default.”
The San Diego Padres first baseman feels like a move back to his original position from the outfield and good health will translate into success at the plate this season.
A year ago, Everth Cabrera was one of the more discussed Padres in spring training.
His ceiling seemed as high as the Arizona sky. The Rule 5 draft phenom of 2009 was the Padres’ shortstop of the present and the future.
The Dodgers have named their Opening Day starter.
San Diego manager Bud Black said Tuesday that he’s not quite ready to take that leap yet — even though the nod figures to go to 22-year-old Mat Latos, who last season was the Padres’ most dominant starter.