World Series MVP Edgar Renteria, who weighed retirement during an injury-plagued 2010 season, told ESPN Deportes Saturday that he intends to play next season.
Renteria became a free agent earlier this week when the Giants declined his $10.5 million option for 2011. The 34-year-old enjoyed a mild rebound offensively last season, hitting .276/.332/.374, but he played in just 72 games because of groin, hamstring and elbow problems. He was a major disappointment in his first year with the Giants, as he hit just .250/.307/.328 in 460 at-bats.
Still a viable defensive shortstop, Renteria will probably get a starting job in 2011, though he’s definitely looking at a big paycut. The Giants could invite him back, but he certainly won’t be the same kind of priority that fellow free agent Juan Uribe is.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.