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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: Nov 7, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 2:16 pm

Renteria 'disrespected' by Giants' $1M offer

Come on Edgar......we will never forget your play in the WS!   but seriously dude, you made 20 million over the last 2 yrs and didn't do much.  I'm glad the Giant's will not offer more because you aren't worth it!

Since: Aug 28, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2010 2:14 pm

Renteria 'disrespected' by Giants' $1M offer

This blows my mind. Military personnel are all around the world protecting this country and making FARRRR  less than 1 Million a year. Do you hear any of them whining or crying? NO. Suck it up and play!!  Thats the main word, PLAY. Its a game, you should play for free IMO.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:59 am

Renteria 'disrespected' by Giants' $1M offer

It's no different than you making $100k a  year and your contract expiring and they say "we'll take you back at $35k".  Wouldn't you be a bit insulted? 

Not if I did not do enough to deserve another $100K contract, or if I knew that the next year I would be doing substantially less work (generally speaking, for example, if I am a banker I can do just as much banking at 40 as I did at 39 so why cut my pay so drastically, but a ball player cannot necessarily say that -- as players age, their production declines, some faster than others, just a fact).  The fact is Renteria was paid $18million over two years with the idea that he would be playing full time --- 130, 140 or more games per year.  Last season, while making $9m or $10m, it became apparent that with age and injuries he is now a part-time player and would be again if he stays in SF, thus he should expect his salary to go down.  The Giants' offer was as a part-time player with diminishing skills -- now whether or not a 90% pay cut ($10m to $1m) is too much, that is debatable, but a substantial pay cut is not.  Its not really about "disrespect", I dont think (and I hate the Giants and usually don't pass up a chance to criticize them), as it is about 1 team's payroll budget, needs and expectations --- all beusiness decisions, not personal.  Just like it is a business decision for Renteria to either take the offer or look for better offers with other teams or retire (admittedly, this becomes, for the player a personal issue for the player as well -- how badly do I want to play and do I want to play for the amount offered, etc).  Aging, declining players, IMO, need to stop feeling "disrespected" when teams do not want to pay them the same or more each year when their performance/playing time is decreasing.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:37 am

Renteria 'disrespected' by Giants' $1M offer

He obviously has lost or has never been in touch with reality!  You would think living where he does with abject poverty all around him that he would refrain from making a comment like that publicly or at least state that he deserves more without "disrespecting" the average fan who pays his salary when he/she buys a ticket!  The egos and lack of sensitivity by these guys knows no bounds!

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:35 am

Renteria 'disrespected' by Giants' $1M offer

Disrespected?!! Really, Edgar?  Respect would be playing for the million to pay the Giants back for the 18 million you made over the last two seasons, while only putting in less than a season's play time, thanks to all of your injuries.

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:22 am

Renteria 'disrespected' by Giants' $1M offer

In as much as the WS effort was greatly appreciated and Edgar played a mammoth role, his 2009 and 2010 seasons were pathetic for the 9 million per year he was paid. Burrell was much more valuable down the stretch and has no problem with a million. Considering Rent-a-Wreck hit into 26 DP's and left 200 baserunners in scoring position in 2009,.......and 2010 was inconsistent at best,......Quit whining Edgar. Good luck getting a better offer.     

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:08 am

Renteria 'disrespected' by Giants' $1M offer

While I agree with people saying $1mm and how great that number is.  Which it is, of course.  This is a slap in the face to Edgar.  Sure he played a little less than half the season but this guy was big in the clutch, he's solid defensively, and he's 34, not 38.  The guy will get a deal from somewhere that is 5 to 6 times this amount.  It's no different than you making $100k a  year and your contract expiring and they say "we'll take you back at $35k".  Wouldn't you be a bit insulted?  It's just relative to what he makes.  His whiny comments about his investments and how great they are was a bit over the top but most athletes are spoiled.

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:17 am

Renteria 'disrespected' by Giants' $1M offer

Well, 1st off ,Elite Players ( Not Renteria) they take off 1month outta the year,so its not 8 or 9 months, and I knowof no Little Boys that can hit a 100 mph Pitch, yes its a Game,but one that is not easy by any stretch, if that was the case there wld be lines and lines of guys willing to take 1 million to be in his place...

That said, LMAO, Renteria had gotten hot for an entire 2 WEEKS during the  ENTIRE 2010 SEASON and that was in NLCS/ WS and he was disrespected.. LOL, Giants fans I am sure will always be appreciative of what he helped do in 2010, much like myselfam grateful to ANY Phillies player who contributed in 2008 season and post season, but this guy must think its 1997 still... I mean If he wld like to play for incentives,I am sure AMARO can give him a call Sept 1st and if he hits 5 Homers in Sept and 3 in the post season The Phillies wld give him 2million.. But he cant stay healthy,and the Giants caught lightning in a bottle, prior to the WS, he shoulda paid the Giants back because he was out most of the season... JUAN URIBE had more to do w the Giants winning then Renteria did,if it wasnt for Uribe the Giants wouldnt have won the West,and prolly not beaten the Phillies.. Other then Posey,Uribe was the true unsung Hero for the entire season, heck that whole team was UNSUNG except the Venerated Rotation ( and venerated rightly so,much deservedly,especially Cain)..

Have a nice life Renteria, we feel disrespected you played a gamefor aliving and only stepped it up when you wanted too for short periods of a long career ( most likely why he lasted as long as he did because he was home injured) and then took millions and invested it into another country.. Dont let the Plane Door hit you in the backside....

Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:09 am

Renteria 'disrespected' by Giants' $1M offer

Pat Burrell has two rings also, and he's lucky to still be playing. What did Renteria ever do? Give me a break. There are 100,000 kids in the DR ready to take your spot Eddie, so wise up and shut up.

Since: Nov 19, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2010 9:59 am

Renteria 'disrespected' by Giants' $1M offer

A Million Dollars!?!!?!? This guy's got two World Series championships and he's a multi-millionaire! BOO HOO...;-( CRY ME A RIVER EDGAR!!!!!!!

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