It became clear in the last few days the Giants had a heightened interest in Former Tigers Shortstop Edgar Renteria.
It was confirmed that numbers had been exchanged and a deal appeared imminent. Monday morning WFAN reported what would have been a two-year, $18 million deal to bring Renteria to the city by the bay. While the question of the day is whether these reports are true, the real question is whether the deal makes sense.
Edgar Renteria is a solid shortstop (.270, 69 Runs, 10 HR, 55 RBI in 2008), but he’s not going to alone fill the void in the middle of the lineup. He’s 33 so he doesn’t quite fit in with the youth movement. His number last year are barely an improvement over Rich Aurilia (.283, 10 HR, 55 RBI) and at $3 million a year it’s not too much of a bargain.
Renteria is a solid shortstop, but he doesn’t fit in with the Giants needs. On the other hand, a shortstop like Rafael Furcal could be just what the Giants need at the top of the lineup to set the table.
While the Giants fourth straight losing season in 2008 was an overall failure, there were bright spots.
Tim Lincecum has been vindicated as one of the premiere pitchers in the league winning the National League Cy Young. The Giants other All-Star, Brian Wilson, racked up 41 saves and provided stability at the back of the bullpen.
Jonathan Sanchez and Matt Cain showed promise and with the pending return of Noah Lowry the starting rotation should be a positive. Now if only the $126 million man can remember how to pitch. The Giants also added Jeremy Affeldt in an attempt to refocus the rest of the bullpen.
2008 was also the first time in a long time the Giants showcased some home-grown hitting talent. The emergence of Pablo Sandoval was the highlight, and young emergers Emmanuel Burriss and Eugenio Velez showed potential to be everyday players. Add that to the hype that is Buster Posey and the 2009 lineup begins to fill out.
Molina is likely to be back behind the plate and Winn and Rowand are locks in the outfield. Fred Lewis and Nate Schierholtz will get a chance to fight it out for that third outfield spot.
The infield is anyone’s guess. Sandoval will likely be given every chance to win a job either at first or third. The same could be said about Burriss at second or shortstop, to a lesser extent. That leaves the Giants short one middle infielder and one corner infielder for the 2009 season. If the Giants decide on neither Furcal or Renteria they may also look to second baseman Orlando Hudson.
The bigger need for the Giants is a power bat at one of the corner positions. The Garrett Atkins rumor is intriguing, but just as the A’s will have to see with Matt Holiday, the reverse Coors Field effect would be in play for Atkins.
Mark Teixeira seems like more of a long shot for the Giants each day. Personally at the snap of a finger I’d swap Matt Cain for Prince Fielder, but after the decision to keep Lincecum paid major dividends for Brian Sabean, I don’t see him willing to roll the dice there.