Giants decline Edgar Renteria’s $10.5M option for 2011

4 Comments

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.

Mets invite Tim Tebow to spring training

Getty Images
5 Comments

Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.

Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.

Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.