Doosan Bears Add Slugger Jorge Cantu

Jorge Cantu
Jorge Cantu

SOUTH KOREA – The Doosan Bears of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) announced on Monday the signing of former Major Leaguer Jorge Cantu for the 2014 season.

The South Texas native who grew up in Mexico received a $50,000 signing bonus and a $250,000 base salary, and is the first overseas position player to join a KBO club in more than two years.

The 31-year-old corner infielder played eight seasons in the big leagues with the Devil Rays (2004-07), Reds (2007), Marlins (2008-10), Rangers (2010), and Padres (2011). He played in Mexico the lastyear with the Quintana Roo Tigers and the Hermosillo Naranjeros.

Cantu put together his best season in 2005 when he batted .286 with 28 home runs and 117 RBIs. Overall, he batted .271 in 847 MLB games with 104 homers and 476 RBIs.

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