The Giants signing of Aubrey Huff coupled with Juan Uribe's signing last week, should move Edgar Renteria out of the lineup.
This is not a bad thing. Aside from the game he hit the grand slam (1 of the 51 games I attended, btw, we were 34-17 in those games, but I digress) and the comeback win against the Rockies late in the season, Renteria was a painful at bat to witness.
Defensively, he is adequate. Many times when the ball got by him into left or center field, someone near to where I was seated would yell, "Omar (Vizquel) makes that play!". He could hardly be considered an upgrade at SS considering the season he just had.
Alas, now there appears to be no room for him.
Brian Sabean said that he expects Uribe to play in more games this year than last (122 in 2009). With Sandoval at 3B, Sanchez at 2B and Huff now at 1B; that would seem to indicate Uribe will be the starting SS.
It would be a shame to have Renteria with all that money sitting in the dugout when he might be productive somewhere else.
Since the Gaints are going to have to pay him anyway, they might trade him to a team and offer to eat the contract. Packaged right, they could get something useful in return.
How about Florida? Renteria started his career there and thrived there. They love him there. Throw in Eugenio Velez and Fred Lewis and Andres Torres, maybe Kevin Frandsen for . . . . Josh Johnson (?).
How sweet would that be? We could afford to give the Marlins all those players since our outfield is pretty set: Mark DeRosa LF, Aaron Rowand CF, Nate Schierholtz RF with John Bowker filling in. We still have Travis Ishikawa and Ryan Rohlinger to spell the infield and DeRosa could play infield, too.
Johnson would fit perfectly in the middle of the rotation and the Giants could let Madison Bumgarner chill in long relief or spot start for a while.
In any event, it makes sense for the Giants to move Renteria. It didn't work out. When things don't work out, you cut your losses. You don't want to watch them sitting in the dugout every day reminding you of just how badly things didn't work out.
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