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Renteria 'disrespected' by Giants' $1M offer

Posted on: December 16, 2010 11:49 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2010 11:58 pm
Renteria "That offer from the Giants was a lack of respect. A total disrespect," Edgar Renteria told ESPN Deportes' Enrique Rojas on Thursday.

Renteria was speaking about the Giants' $1 million offer to be the backup infielder for San Francisco.

"To play for a million dollars, I'd rather stay with my private business and share more time with my family," he said. "Thank God I'm well off financially and my money is well invested."

(Raise your hand if you'd like to play for a million...)

Renteria just won another World Series ring with the Giants, although he missed part of the season due to injury and hit just .276/.322/.374 in 267 plate appearances with iffy defensive results.

However, Renteria was instrumental in the World Series run, nabbing the MVP award. He has considered retirement but is willing to return to San Francisco or other former teams in the Cardinals and Marlins. Florida is reported to have some interest, but it is not known whether the Marlins are the other team to offer a deal -- but the other offer wasn't to his satisfaction either.

"I have received at least another offer since I was a free agent, but it wasn't what I'm looking for to continue playing," Renteria said. "If I got a good offer, I'm playing, and if not, it's better to stay at home."

Renteria's likely staying home, because no team is going to pay a breaking down, aging player more than a million or two to backup. And to Renteria's credit, he's had a strong enough career that he doesn't have to accept any deal not to his liking.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 6:21 pm

Renteria 'disrespected' by Giants' $1M offer

BooHoo, I knew our society has become accustomed to hand outs and entitlements. Sadly, it appears this has spread to pro athletes. As with any free market, your value is what the market dictates your value to be. If "all he can get" is a million then so be it. I'm sure there were plenty of clubs willing to pay Cliff Lee $50 million, but clearly the market demand was for significantly higher.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2010 6:21 pm

Renteria 'disrespected' by Giants' $1M offer

Some of you just don't get it. Throw the number out the window. Would you be wiling to work for a fraction of what your co-worker of the same skill set and qualifications makes?

I think you don't get it.  What the Giants are offering Uribe is probably about what "co-workers of the same skill set..." make.  Uribe is not a "star".  At this stage in his career, at least what the Giants are offering to hire him for, is a part-time fill-in and pinch hitter.....considering the major league minimum is right around $400,000 he is definately not being paid lke the minimum-wage "fast food worker" of baseball, but no, he is not being paid like one of the top players at his position because he is not.  Second the question is not really whether or not he should be "willing" to work for $1million, the question is whether it is disrepectful to offer an aging, injury prone player a significant pay cut to be a likely seldom used reserve rather than continuing to pay him like a starter -- to that, imo, the answer is "no".

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2010 6:13 pm

Renteria 'disrespected' by Giants' $1M offer

 have to disagree with you, he should be insulted.  Carl Crawford just signed for 20mil a year. Baseball is television entertainment. To say that he should be satisfied with his offer because of the offer is socialist.

No, what would be socialist is to say that everybody on every major league team makes the same money -- to say "if Carl Crawford gets $20mil, I get $20mil despite being older and less productive" that is socialist.  Paying players individually based on factors such as age, performance, need, budget and prediction of future perfomance, that is capitalist, not socialist.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 6:10 pm

Renteria 'disrespected' by Giants' $1M offer

  Good idea DA stay home before you pull a muscle and get A mil. just to sit. Oh that was last year and for way more money.Any thought of giving some of your last contract back to the Giants MEAT.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2010 6:09 pm

Renteria 'disrespected' by Giants' $1M offer

where was 'fatman', Pablo 'The Panda' Sandoval. He was on the pine getting splinters in his butt, that is why Juan Uribe was at 3B and Renteria at SS. Where did the invisible man, Pat Burrell go ? The guy could'nt buy a hit. Why was Barry (I make more money than any Giant) Zito left off the playoff roster ? I know the answer to that one and had he started, Texas very well may have won the WS. .....Yes, there were other players that stepped up, like Uribe.....Despite their great pitching, if the Giants don't have Renteria, Uribe, Posey and Felipe Lopez, they don't win the WS. For the average guy like me and you, we'll take $1M in a heartbeat, but in the world of professional sports, my answer to the Renteria issue is simple "PAY THE MAN" !!!

Just because you overpaid Zito and Sandaval/Burrell and others did not have a good WS and Renteria did, does not mean you have to make the same mistake twice and overpay Renteria based on the WS alone and ignoring all other factors.  $1m may be less that what he can get from another team, but with limited playing time, declining numbers, a limited budget etc, it is not "disrespect" to make an offer to a player that lowers his salary from $10million....just a business decision.  Now Renteria makes the business and personal decision of (1) do I want to play, (2) if so, where am I willing to play and (3) am I willing to play for what they are willing to pay me?  Is he disrespecting the Giants if he goes to another team for more money, despite it being SF that gave him a chance the last two years?  No, just business too. 

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 6:05 pm

Renteria 'disrespected' by Giants' $1M offer

Do the Giants win the Series without Renteria?  How much did the organization profit from playing in and winning the Series?  My guess is that number is in the 10s of millions, if not significantly more.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 5:52 pm

Renteria 'disrespected' by Giants' $1M offer

Now you know how David Tyree feels.

Just because you make the big play in the big game don't mean squat!

David Tyree was the MVP of that Super Bowl. But in that instance I beg to differ that one play does not make you the game MVP.

Tyree drops that ball the Giants lose what could be more important than that?

The same as Jeff Hostetler was in the other Giant Super Bowl win. But because his name was not Phil Sims he got robbed.

No, I'm not even a Giant (either Giants) fan.

Since: Jun 6, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2010 5:50 pm

Renteria 'disrespected' by Giants' $1M offer

Someone offers me a million dollars, I would call that thank you. Renteria needs to go back picking bannana's.

Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2010 5:44 pm

Renteria 'disrespected' by Giants' $1M offer

I would have to agree with Broncos07.  Yes, Edgar had a good month at the end of the season, but baseball is a business, as much as we don't want to think of it that way.  If you really wanted to be with your family more, then two or three million wouldn't be enough to keep you away, since you say you don't need money anyway. 

Since: Dec 26, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2010 5:40 pm

Renteria 'disrespected' by Giants' $1M offer


You have put up pedestrian numbers you entire career and have had 2-3 very nice contracts.....whom, when you look back, were WAY TOO MUCH money for what you delivered.  Your a injury risk and have limited defense.....your bat is no longer fast enough to challenge the better pitchers.....but you have rose up and had a few keys hit when it counted and that's got you two rings!

Seriously, $1m is more than 98% of us make in our lifetime and your disrespected?  With Jeter getting $17m, I can see your point......but, you could have chosen better wording or asked for a bse salary of $1m and ask to add several performance clauses!

Maybe I am wrong, but a player's legacy is about the are seriously hurting your legacy w/ these stupid remarks!  Etiher shut up and retire or realize that being a back-up and a team that can deliver another ring or two is an excellent position to be in!

We, as fans, are tired of you millionaires cry babies whining about millions.......heck, your travel money is more than most make in a year!  Pro ball players are pampered like kids!  

Good to hear you have side business's....maybe you need to go work a normal job for a year, then you might appreciate what $1m is and more importantly, when you leave will become an ex-player......that won't feel so good!

Truly disappointing......   

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