Edgar Renteria and the Giants: What Not to Do

Andrew FirstContributor INovember 24, 2008

The Giants are reported to be close to a deal, inking Edgar Renteria to a two-year, $18 million contract. The one question is why? 

To put it simply, Burriss is younger, faster, and only getting better.  Renteria is 11 years Burriss’ senior and essentially going to be a money hole if this guy doesn’t produce.  Besides, signing Renteria isn’t going to help them clear cap room to sign LeBron in 2010. (Sorry, had to get that one out of the way.)

Maybe it is that the Giants are looking for that veteran leadership out at the SS position that they had with Vizquel over the past few years, or maybe they don’t believe that putting the team in the hands of young players will help them get out of this rut that they’re in. 

Well, look at it this way, they are a bad team in an even worse division, there really isn’t anywhere to go but up. 

What should the Giants do then this offseason? 

One word, two syllables: FURCAL. 

The real hole in the Giants' lineup (not named Barry Zito) is at second base where they seem to be missing an everyday guy.  What they should do, if they are really going to keep Burriss at second base is save the money they are throwing at Renteria and send it Rafael Furcal’s way.

Besides, the Dodgers have spent enough time digging through the Giants' garbage, it’s about the times the Giants make a run at the heart of their team.  Also a third baseman would be nice, but that’s a different conversation.