Edgar Renteria will become the second free agent to join the San Francisco Giants in as many days, with the team expected to announce Thursday that he will replace 11-time Gold Glove shortstop Omar Vizquel.
Renteria will receive an $18.5 million, two-year contract.
Giants general manager Brian Sabean has had a busy week, signing right-handed reliever Bobby Howry to a one-year contract Wednesday and following that up by getting things done with Renteria. The sides were close after a meeting Wednesday.
The Detroit Tigers declined to offer Renteria salary arbitration Monday.
Renteria, a 13-year big league veteran, batted .270 with 10 homers and 55 RBIs this year for the Tigers, who after the season declined their $11 million option for Renteria and gave him a $3 million buyout.