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Reds, Renteria eyeing each other

Posted on: January 6, 2011 4:14 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 4:15 pm

You may not want to order that Edgar Renteria Reds jersey yet. It still looks like it could happen, but sources tell that the World Series MVP and the National League Central champs have yet to agree on a contract.

Reports stated the team is close to a one-year, $3 million deal with Renteria to back-up Paul Janish in Cincinnati, but the team doesn't want to pay that much. Although, a one-year contract has been offered.

Renteria would serve as a reserve infielder and bat off the bench, not as the starter over Janish. Last season Janish went into February thinking he'd start for the Reds at shortstop, only to see the team sign Orlando Cabrera before spring training started. Janish edned up starting just 43 games in 2010, hitting .260/.338/.385 -- numbers much better than expected at the plate, but was still behind the veteran Cabrera in manager Dusty Baker's pecking order.

Renteria managed to start just 62 games for the Giants, hitting .274/.333/.381, but came up big in the postseason. The lure of a "clutch" veteran option could limit Janish's playing time again. While Renteria is obviously an upgrade offensively to Janish, he is not as good defensively as the smooth-fielding Janish.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2011 12:57 pm

Reds, Renteria eyeing each other

Kinda makes sense, since Walt Joketty was the GM for the GM for the Cardinals back in the 90's.  Most of these guys were part of his regime there, and negotiations are easy with the guys you already have a relationship with.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2011 10:13 pm

Reds, Renteria eyeing each other

So let me get this straight.  The Reds have Rolen,Renteria,Edmonds,and a couple former relief pitchers for the Cardinals.  Why don't they just change their team name to the RED-birds?

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2011 1:46 pm

Reds, Renteria eyeing each other

Edgar Rentaria and Orlando Cabrera, are basically the same player. Cheaper wins.  Both these guys were glove-first everyday shortstops, back when they actually had the range and knees to play everyday. They don't now.

Paul Janish is a great defender, superior in every way on defense, to either player.

The facts are, Dusty Baker has shown he prefers to play defensively inferior, past prime players over Janish, using Janish's offense as an excuse. Allthough Dusty refused any responsibility for contributing to Janish's struggles with the bat by forcing Janish into an ill-equipped  2-hitter spot in Dusty's 2009 lineup, and obviously refusing to acknowledge that Janish OUTHIT Cabrera last season, the pervasive search for another older, less talented shortstop continues.  

Don't be suprised if WHO EVER plays shortstop hits in the 2-hole for Dusty...REGARDLESS of how they hit.

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2011 8:58 pm

Reds, Renteria eyeing each other

Paul Janish is NOT an everyday soon as he and the Reds realize that they will both be better off...I'd take Renteria or Cabrera over want people to come out and see the team play you need to have NAMES out there not fill ins. If the Reds make Paul Janish the starting SS this season they have lost me completeley....I will not go to a game to watch Janish ground out,fly out or strikeout....if that's all the Reds have at short it's time to upgrade and they have a chance with Renteria.

Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2011 10:14 pm

Reds, Renteria eyeing each other

why didnt they just bring back cabrera? seems he was much better defensively. I was more upset they didnt go after an upgrade at C in Olivo. 7 million for 2 years was chicken scratch for a C with power in GAP. Way to go Jocketty!

Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2011 7:18 pm

Reds, Renteria eyeing each other

wish the cardinals had him back!

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2011 4:27 pm

Reds, Renteria eyeing each other

I think this would be a great fit for both Renteria and Cincinnati. Another veteran presence, who has won WS would be a big boost come playoff time. Janish is a great defensive shortstop, but I don't think that will stop Renteria from eventually taking the starting job away from him. It's doubtful Janish hits .260 again, his highest in 4 seasons since he was in AA. For the right price, Renteria would be a nice addition, and in the very least you play the matchups game and sit Renteria when Cinci has a groundball pitcher on the mound.

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