Cantu, Langerhans looking for a chance

Cantu, Langerhans looking for a chance

Cantu, Langerhans looking for a chance
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Veteran infielder Jorge Cantu and veteran outfielder Ryan Langerhans arrived at Angels Spring Training on Tuesday and, fittingly, were somewhat fused at the hip -- arriving and leaving together, working out on the backfields alongside one another and chatting it up throughout the afternoon.

Cantu, a corner infielder who averaged 18 homers and 77 RBIs from 2005-09, and Langerhans, a corner outfielder who played in 384 Major League games from 2005-07, but only 190 in the four years since, represent two of the most intriguing non-roster invitees at Angels camp this spring. There's currently no spot on the roster for either of them, but one could open up if the Angels make a move, which many expect.

If either Alberto Callaspo or Maicer Izturis is traded, Cantu may have a spot somewhere.

If Bobby Abreu leaves, Langerhans -- a lefty hitter -- may be in the mix.

"I think they're both really interesting to us," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Ryan's a guy that is a left-handed bat, and is a good defender in the outfield. And Jorge is really interesting, because this guy was an RBI machine."

Cantu, who starred as a second baseman with the Rays in his early years, was a fixture in the middle of the Marlins' batting order for a couple of seasons, hitting 29 homers in '08 and driving in 100 runs in '09. But the 30-year-old struggled with the Marlins and Rangers in 2010, then batted just .194 in 57 games for the Padres last season.

"Hopefully, I can contribute in many ways, playing many positions here -- first, third, DH, you name it," Cantu said. "The biggest forte in my career has been my hitting. So if I have the right opportunities here, I know I can contribute in some way. Because you don't forget hitting."

Langerhans, 32, combined to bat .254 with a .349 on-base percentage and 15 homers in extended playing time with the Braves in '05 and '06. But he bounced around with three different organizations thereafter, and has hit .200, with nine homers, in 117 games for the Mariners the last three years.

"Who knows what'll open up and what'll happen," Langerhans said, "but I'll hopefully be in the mix, and just come out, have a good spring, and let the chips fall where they may."