So much for their involvement in the Rafael Furcal sweepstakes. Instead, the San Francisco Giants decided to go with the shorter-term, cheaper, older, and less productive player in Edgar Renteria. According to radio reports, the Giants have signed the veteran shortstop to a two-year deal, rumored to be in the $18 million range.
Renteria was one of many disappointing Detroit Tigers this past season, when their severely bloated payroll aided them to a last place finish in the AL Central. He had one of the worst seasons in his career, piecing together a subpar .699 OPS and a career low six stolen bases.
The bright side for the Giants is that Renteria is able to return to the NL, where he had one of the best seasons of his career in 2007, when he hit .332 and piled up a solid .860 OPS. If he can return to his '07 form in '09, the Giants could have a steal on their hands, because he is only 33 and still should have a few years of productivity left.
Edgar Renteria to Ink Deal with Giants originally appeared on MLB FanHouse on Mon, 24 Nov 2008 16:20:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.