Tag:Paul Janish
Posted on: February 22, 2012 2:38 pm
 

Report: Edgar Renteria leaning toward retirement

Edgar Renteria

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Former World Series MVP Edgar Renteria is leaning toward retirement, although his agent, Barry Meister told FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal that the 35-year-old shortstop probably won't file official retirement papers anytime soon, leaving the door open for a return.

Renteria played for the Reds last season, but Cincinnati instead chose to go with rookie Zach Cozart as its starter at shortstop, along with backup Paul Janish. Renteria received two offers of minor-league contracts from National League teams, but he chose not go that route.

"It had nothing to do with the team," Meister told Rosenthal. "It just had to do with the feeling that this might be the right time."

Renteria won two Gold Gloves and was a five-time All-Star, as well as two World Series titles and another appearance. Although, the highlight of his career came early, when at 20 he hit the game-winning RBI single in the 11th inning of Game 7 of the 1997 World Series with the Marlins. He then won the World Series MVP with the Giants in 2010. He also appeared in the 2004 World Series with the Cardinals.

In an interesting twist, he could be hanging up his glove in the same offseason season that countryman and fellow Gold Glove shortstop Orlando Cabrera retired. Cabrera, 37, played for the Giants and Indians last season -- and coincidentally, was the shortstop for the Reds in 2010. He was also the shortstop for the Red Sox when Boston beat Renteria's Cardinals in the 2004 World Series.

What makes it really interesting is that the two, who are probably the greatest players to ever hail from Columbia, had a rivalry and didn't like each other. Here's a story from 2008 written by Jorge Arangure in ESPN The Magazine that examines and explains the feud. It's a fascinating read, but the crux is this -- Renteria felt Cabrera was jealous of him and then there's a money aspect to the entire deal.

In Cincinnati, I've dealt with both and found it odd. Teammates liked -- and even loved -- both players, they were well-respected and were also good with the media. Renteria, whom I was around less, seemed more quiet, while Cabrera is outgoing, loud and hilarious.

Renteria and his brother founded the Columbian Professional Baseball League and he is seen as a hero in Columbia, while last season Cabrera became a U.S. citizen.

If Renteria retires, he'll end his career with a .286/.343/.398 slash line, 140 home runs and 2,327 hits to go along with five All-Star appearances, two Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers. He also played on seven playoff teams with four different franchises. Cabrera finished his career with a .272/.317/.390 slash line, 123 home runs and 2,055 hits. He never made an All-Star team, but did win two Gold Gloves and played on six playoff teams. From 2004-2010, he appeared in the playoffs in all but one of those seven seasons, making six playoff appearances with five different teams.

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Posted on: July 7, 2011 8:18 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 8:47 pm
 

Reds change course, Willis to start Sunday

By Matt Snyder

Just a day after leaving Dontrelle Willis in the minors, the Reds have optioned Edinson Volquez and Paul Janish to Triple-A. In return prospect shortstop Zack Cozart will join the Reds and get the majority of the starts at short and Willis is going to take the hill for the Reds Sunday (Reds Blog).

This will be the second stint in Triple-A this season for Volquez, even though he was the Reds' opening day starter. He has struggled across the board, with a 5.93 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 55 walks and 15 home runs allowed in just 85 innings. You have to wonder how much longer the Reds will let Volquez struggle before just shipping him off. They have lots of starting pitching options and he likely has some trade value considering his one really good season wasn't that long ago.

Willis, 29, is a two-time All-Star who once finished second in Cy Young voting (2005), but had fallen on really hard times the past few seasons. He's 5-2 with a 2.63 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 75 1/3 Triple-A innings this season.

Cozart, 25, was hitting .310 with 26 doubles, seven home runs, 32 RBI and nine steals for Triple-A.

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Posted on: May 4, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Rolen return delayed; Renteria may play 3B

By Evan Brunell

RolenScott Rolen won't be coming off the disabled list on Friday, the first day he is eligible, as he still has yet to start baseball-related activities -- with one exception.

"I took about five unauthorized swings," Rolen said as he relayed a story of trying to sneak in some swings with the bat lately. During a recent game, Rolen snuck into the batting cage behind the home dugout in the middle of the game. "It was a covert operation," Rolen explained to MLB.com. "I snuck in, looked around -- nobody. I went around the back way and had a bat in there, dragged it with me, no batting gloves, nothing, and a ball was already on the tee. [I heard] 'I thought we weren't going to do that.' It was [Dr. Tim] Kremchek of all people. I haven't even swung yet. I told him this place is bugged."

And that's been the extent of Rolen's rehab from a strained left shoulder. His slow going has pushed Rolen toward pursuing acupuncture as a potential relief method at the suggestion of Kremchek. Rolen had been struggling with tight muscles in his neck and back as a result of the strained shoulder, but that appears to be letting up.

"I'm feeling better," Rolen said." I have more motion in my shoulders. I can feel this stuff [between his neck and back] letting go a little bit. It's giving me some range of motion and some relief."

Miguel Cairo has been Rolen's primary fill-in, but has received some rest lately as age and general soreness is catching up to the utility infielder. Shortstop Paul Janish has shifted over to third to help fill the breach, but manager Dusty Baker is hoping to give Edgar Renteria some starts at third. Renteria has no career games at third and just three games at second and one at first -- no starts -- in his career. The rest of his games, all 2,038 of them, have come at short. Renteria was supposed to start at third Monday, but Baker reversed course and slotted him at short before the game was rained out. Tuesday, Renteria manned shortstop, so his third base debut has yet to come.

"I know I don't feel comfortable there yet," Renteria said Tuesday. "It's different between playing and taking ground balls. Maybe I will like it when I play there."

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Posted on: March 31, 2011 8:21 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2011 10:39 pm
 

Hustle, good at-bats spark Reds rally

Reds

By C. Trent Rosecrans

CINCINNATI -- Ramon Hernandez didn't expect to hit the game-winning homer -- even after it left his bat. All he was thinking was he wasn't making the last out.

He didn't, his three-run homer off of Brewers closer John Axford gave the Reds a 7-6 win on opening day, capping a four-run ninth inning for the defending National League Central champions.

"I have no clue how I hit it out, to be honest," Hernandez said after his 334-foot home run landed in the Brewers bullpen in right field of Great American Ball Park.

But he knew how he got there -- with help from his teammates, and Brewers third baseman Casey McGehee.

Ramon Hernandez "It took a three-run homer to win it, but you can't hit a three-run homer with nobody on," Reds left fielder Jonny Gomes said.

It was what led up to that homer that typified why the Reds led the National League in runs scored a year ago en route to their division title -- hustle and good at-bats.

The inning started with a Brandon Phillips single, which was followed by Joey Votto working a walk. With two on and still no outs, Scott Rolen hit a slow grounder to third, where McGehee fielded it and tried to tag Phillips going to third.

"I thought he was going to go to second, but when I saw him reach out with the glove, that's when I went into my Matrix mode and got out of the way," Phillips said.

McGehee felt he pushed Phillips far enough out of the baseline to get the out before throwing to first, where Rolen beat out the throw. Third-base umpire Dan Bellino ruled Phillips safe at third.

Rolen joked that he was thinking double out of the box, but then said he was just trying to get down the line fast enough not to be doubled up. When he looked up, he saw bases loaded.

After Jay Bruce struck out, Gomes was trying to avoid a game-ending double play and nearly ended the game in a different way, by hitting it over the wall. However, his liner went to the deepest part of the park for a sacrifice fly, scoring Phillips and brining up Hernandez.

"You saw two great hustle plays with Brandon and Scott in the same play," Gomes said. "What you're trying to do there, is extend the inning and not give up outs.

"That's what we did. When you start with a positive note, it's contagious and you're almost a goat if you don't do that. When you're not hustling to first, when you're not avoiding tags, you're the goat. It's a special group of guys here."

With an 0-1 count, Axford's 93 mph fastball stayed up and got over the plate. Hernandez crushed it, watching it and raising his hands in celebration before he even reached first base, while manager Dusty Baker danced what appeared to be a jig in the dugout.

"When you have all your teammates waiting for you because you just won a ballgame, it's one of the best feelings you can ever feel," said Hernandez, whose homer capped a four-hit day. "Celebrating with your teammates is the best part."

It's something the Reds have plenty of practice at. Last year they were second in the big leagues with 45 come-from-behind wins and tied for second with 22 wins in their last at-bat, including Bruce's walk-off, division-clincher last September.

Shortstop Paul Janish, who along with starter Edinson Volquez were the only different starters from last year's opening day lineup, called the hitting "infectious."

Rolen called it "good baseball," while Drew Stubbs called it "magic."

Whatever it was, it was fun.
Posted on: January 6, 2011 4:14 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Reds, Renteria eyeing each other

You may not want to order that Edgar Renteria Reds jersey yet. It still looks like it could happen, but sources tell CBSSports.com 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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Posted on: November 24, 2010 6:39 pm
 

Reds might keep Rhodes, lose Cabrera


Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told the Cincinnai Enquirer he's hopeful the team can bring back reliever Arthur Rhodes, but was more doubtful about the odds of retaining shortstop Orlando Cabrera.

Cincinnati offered neither player arbitration. Rhodes made $2 million in 2010 and had a big season, while Cabrera made $2.27 million.

"In both cases, we’re interested," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "But as a small-market club, you can’t risk offering them arbitration. They might accept and end up getting a lot more money.

“I talked to Arthur’s agent last night. I’m still hopeful of the getting something done. With Cabrera, there still might be a role. But I think he’s looking for more playing time than we can offer. But we left it open.”

If Cabrera does not return, Paul Janish would be the Reds' full-time starter.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 6:13 pm
 

Reds budget to increase for 2011

The Reds' budget will be "better" than last year's $72 million, general manager Walt Jocketty told CBSSports.com on Wednesday, but because of the team's large number of arbitration-eligible players, he's unsure how much money he has to spend.

"It's hard to predict what those numbers will be," Jocketty said. "We can't commit a lot of dollars right now."

The total budget, Jocketty noted, wouldn't rise dramatically, but will be more than he had for 2010.

He said that was one of the reasons the Reds declined their $4 million option on shortstop Orlando Cabrera, although the team has talked to his agent about returning to the Reds at a lower rate.

Walt Jocketty Jocketty said the team has yet to hear word if outfielder Jay Bruce will qualify as a Super Two, which would also affect the team's bottom line. Bruce, in his second full season, hit .281/.353/.493 with 25 home runs and established himself as one of the top defensive right fielders in the game (he was second to Ichiro Suzuki in the Fielding Bible Awards). Jocketty said he expects to hear sometime this month on Bruce's status as a Super Two, though it is expected he will qualify.

Bruce won't get the biggest bump from the arbitration process, though. Likely National League MVP Joey Votto is also eligible for arbitration for the first time. In addition, the Reds have Johnny Cueto, Edinson Volquez, Bill Bray, Jared Burton and Laynce Nix as arbitration-eligible players.

If the Reds do have some money to spend, Jocketty said he'd like to find a leadoff man.

We'd like to improve our offense," Jocketty said. "With our pitching, we like our rotation, we like our bullpen. One thing we'd like to improve upon is a leadoff hitter, I don't know that if that's possible or not."

Brandon Phillips and Drew Stubbs led off for the majority of the 2010 season.

If the team doesn't bring back Cabrera, Jocketty said he feels comfortable  with Paul Janish as the team's everyday shortstop. The Reds went into February with the plan of Janish at short last year before signing Cabrera.

Other notes from Jocketty:

• He said the team had talks with an extension for pitcher Bronson Arroyo, but hadn't reached an agreement yet, so the team picked up his option. Jocketty said they'd still like to get a multi-year deal done before 2011. Arroyo told CBSSports.com earlier today that they were working on a three-year deal.

• Sorry Louisville, Aroldis Chapman won't be back in the minors next year.

"He should be ready for the major leagues now," Jocketty said.

Whether he will be a starter or reliever in 2011, only time will tell. Longterm, the Reds believe Chapman will be a starter.

"Right now, when we get to spring training, if he's better suited for the rotation or the bullpen," Jocketty said. "It's very possible he could be back in the bullpen."

The Reds could have a crowded rotation with Arroyo, Cueto, Volquez, Bailey, Mike Leake and Travis Wood.

• Jocketty said he talked to the agent for free agent utility man Migeul Cairo on Wednesday about bringing Cairo back to Cincinnati.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 10, 2010 4:48 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2010 6:04 pm
 

No decisions on Cabrera, Game 4 for Reds yet

CINCINNATI -- Reds manager Dusty Baker isn't making decisions until he absolutely has to make them.

As for the status of Orlando Cabrera, the veteran shortstop will be examined before Sunday's game and the team will then make that determination. Paul Janish is starting Sunday's Game 3 and infielder Chris Valaika is at the stadium to take Cabrera's place on the roster if needed.

As for the Game 4 starter, Baker will wait until he knows there's a decision to be made to make it.

"It depends on who we use tonight and we'll determine it after tonight's game," Baker said.

Edinson Volquez started Game 1, while left-hander Travis Wood was effective in releif in the first game. Either could get the nod for a potential Game 4 on Monday.

Baker also noted the team had the Rangers-Rays game on in the clubhouse, not that they needed any other evidence that a comeback from 0-2 in games was possible, but it didn't hurt to have the proof in front of them.

"I know this might sound corny, but this is a real must-win," Baker said. "A lot of times you hear that question in the season, 'Is this a must-win?' Most of the times [the answer] is no, but this is a must-win."

UPDATE: Cabrera just said he doesn't know whether he's playing and wants to make the determination after hitting, but Baker and the TBS broadcast both say he's playing.

UPDATE: After hitting, Cabrera said the muscles in his left side didn't bother him. "Seems good, no pain at all," he said. He's definitely playing.

--C. Trent Rosecrans

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