Padres sign Jorge Cantu

Greg Burke

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The San Diego Padres announced today that they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with infielder Jorge Cantu and have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with right-handed pitcher Greg Burke with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.

Jorge Cantu, 28, spent the 2010 season between the Florida Marlins and Texas Rangers, hitting a combined .256 (121-for-472) with 11 home runs, 29 doubles, 56 RBI and 50 runs scored in 127 games played. In each of the previous two seasons with the Marlins he produced at least 95 RBI while setting a career-high with 29 home runs in 2008. The right-handed hitting infielder started 123 games last season, 86 at third base. Originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Tampa Bay Rays in 1998, Cantu has hit .274 (819-for-2984) with 101 home runs, 199 doubles, five triples, 460 RBI and 359 runs scored with a .320 on-base percentage and .446 slugging percentage in 790 games played over parts of seven Major League seasons with the Rays (2004-07), Cincinnati Reds (2007), Florida Marlins (2008-10) and Texas Rangers (2010).

Born in Texas, Cantu moved to Mexico at one week old and is a citizen of both countries. He represented Mexico in the World Baseball Classic in both 2006 and 2009, hitting .333 (8-for-24) with two home runs and eight RBI over six games in 2006 and .360 (9-for-25) with two home runs and six RBI over six games in 2009.

Greg Burke, 28, spent the entire 2010 season with Triple-A Portland, going 2-2 with a 5.68 ERA (37 ER/58.2 IP) and 46 strikeouts against 21 walks over 53 appearances. The right-hander made his Major League debut in 2009 for the Padres and went 3-3 with a 4.14 ERA (21 ER/45.2 IP) and 33 strikeouts against 23 walks over 48 appearances that season. Originally signed by the Padres as a non-drafted free agent in 2006, Burke has gone 19-19 with a 4.06 ERA (178 ER/394.2 IP) and 315 strikeouts against 89 walks in 212 appearances (27 starts) over parts of five minor league seasons in the Padres organization.

With today's transaction the Padres currently have 40 players on their 40-man roster. In addition, the Padres now currently have 21 non-roster players invited to Major League Spring Training.

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