The Marlins have traded Jorge Cantu to the Texas Rangers for AA right-handed pitchers Evan Reed and Omar Poveda. The trade was approved by MLB just minutes before the Marlins wrapped up a 5-0 win against the San Francisco Giants. The Marlins also sent cash to Texas to offset some or all of the $2MM remaining on Cantu‘s salary for this season.

While Poveda is on the 60-day DL following Tommy John Surgery, Reed has pitched 39 innings in AA and has 34 strikeouts with 13 walks. Not clear if he is ready to move up to the Majors where the Marlins desperately need bullpen relief.

For now, the Marlins will call up Hector Luna from AAA to backup Wes Helms and Donny Murphy. When Chris Coghlan returns from the DL, he will take over the starting 3B spot.