Veteran shortstop Edgar Renteria played the hero this year in the Giants’ amazing run to the World Series crown, batting .412 with six RBI over the course of the five-game Fall Classic.
But he’s probably not going to be back in 2011.
The Giants declined Renteria’s $10.5 million option on Thursday evening, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Henry Schulman.
Renteria will be 36 by the end of next season and played in only 72 games during the 2010 regular season campaign because of injuries and old age.
He’s talked a little about retirement and it’s never a bad thing to go out on top. We’re guessing that’s the path he takes.
The Giants are also losing infielder Juan Uribe and will look to patch the holes via trade or the free agent market this winter.
Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports that the Phillies are close to signing free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit. An announcement is expected before the winter meetings end on Thursday.
Benoit, 39, has quietly been among the better relievers in baseball over the past seven years. This past season with the Mariners and Blue Jays, the right-hander put up an aggregate 2.81 ERA with a 52/24 K/BB ratio in 48 innings. That included a 0.38 ERA in 23 2/3 innings after the Jays acquired him from the Mariners.
Benoit suffered a torn calf muscle during a benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees near the end of the regular season. He’s expected to be healthy for spring training.
The Phillies have now added three relievers this offseason with Benoit, Pat Neshek, and David Rollins.
ESPN’s Pedro Gomez provides a previously unreported detail of the new collective bargaining agreement, agreed to by the owners and the players’ union last week. Players’ meal money for road games is being reduced from $105 to $30 per day. Teams are providing pre- and post-game meals in the visitors’ clubhouse to offset some of the decrease in meal money.
Gomez quotes an unnamed player who said, “I doubt many guys know about the money going down, nor would they have agreed to it.” All of the players Gomez contacted said they were unaware of and unhappy about the change.
Clubhouse attendants are certainly unhappy about this change, too. As Gomez notes, the attendants previously provided food for visiting teams which earned them tips from the players.
EDIT: It’s worth clarifying that chefs are required in clubhouses now as part of the new CBA, so it’s not a complete loss for the players.