Edgar Renteria won't be a Giant next year. After declining his rather hefty option ($9.5 M), the club offered him a million bucks to be Miguel Tejada's backup for 2011. Renteria was apparently insulted. I actually get that--the major league minimum is around $400K, and a 15-year vet with his track record certainly expects to be paid a lot more than a rookie. I've heaped my share of abuse on Renteria on this site, and he shut me up with a tremendous performance in the post-season and the biggest hit in San Francisco Giants history. But there is no way the team can take a risk on a guy with his injury history and his age. He was very well-compensated for his 777 plate appearances and 1624-2/3 innings at shortstop. His 67 OPS+ in 2009 was his career low, as was his 72 games played in 2010.
I've learned a lot writing this blog. Criticism, while fun, often blows up in your face. Professional athletes aren't like normal people. Managers and general managers know more about baseball than I do. So I have nothing to say to Renteria, other than thanks for the big bomb off Cliff Lee. You will always be a part of Giants lore. Baseball is a business, and I have no problem with that.
p.s. I received my DVD set in the mail yesterday. I'm going to spend my holiday reveling in Giants glory. If you've been debating the purchase--don't. The set is nicely packaged and will make a great gift for your favorite Giants fan. (There are two more I'll be ordering soon!)