Marlins interested in signing Edgar Renteria a dozen years after trading him

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Joe Frisaro of reports that the Giants may have some competition for the World Series MVP, as “it appears the Marlins have interest in bringing back Edgar Renteria.”

Renteria originally signed with the Marlins out of Colombia as a teenager in 1992 and played the first three seasons of his career in Florida, coming up with the game-winning hit in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series.

Frisaro speculates that he’d be a fallback option at third base should prospect Matt Dominguez prove not ready for the big leagues at age 21. That would be a bigger role than he’d likely have in San Francisco, as reports last week suggested the Giants are offering him around $1 million to return as a utility infielder behind starters Miguel Tejada, Freddy Sanchez, and Pablo Sandoval.

Dbacks outfielder Steven Souza injured his right shoulder last night

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Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Steven Souza dove for a ball in a spring training game last night, missed, and ended up injuring his right shoulder.

It looked bad, too. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson stood over him, frantically waving to the dugout for a trainer as Souza kicked his legs in apparent pain. Souza held his arms awkwardly as he walked off the field. At the moment the Dbacks are calling it a right shoulder strain, but he’ll get an MRI on it today after which a more specific diagnosis will come.

If Souza is out for a while it’s a pretty big blow to Arizona’s 2018 plan. Souza was acquired to help cushion the blow of losing J.D. Martinez in free agency. While not the hitter Martinez is, Souza hit 30 homers in Tampa Bay last year, stood likely to at least match that in the more hitter-friendly confines of Chase Field and, of course, plays superior defense.

Potential replacements for Souza include moving David Peralta from left to right and inserting Yasmany Tomas in left or having fourth outfielder Dyson, or perhaps a platoon of Dyson and utilityman Chris Owings, handle right. Socrates Brito is another internal option.

Obviously the Snakes will wait to hear the results of the MRI before going too deeply into replacement plans, all the while hoping that Souza’s injury is far less serious than it appeared to be last night.