Edgar Renteria’s one-year deal with Cincinnati is expected to be finalized soon and yesterday he told ESPN Deportes that “the opportunity to keep playing shortstop full time … was the main reason to accept the offer from the Reds.”
However, as Mark Sheldon of MLB.com notes earlier this week–and prior to reaching an agreement with Renteria–general manager Walt Jocketty replied “absolutely” when asked if Paul Janish would be the Reds’ starting shortstop and added: “Whoever we sign will be more of a complementary player able to play different positions and have experience.”
Janish is a poor hitter with a good glove, so Renteria was going to push him for the starting job either way, but in the span of just a few days Jocketty apparently changed his mind on Janish’s role or oversold Renteria on his likely role.
UPDATE: Dusty Baker was told of Renteria’s expectation that he’ll start and replied that “they’re both going to play” and “Janish deserves a chance to be my shortstop.” Based on Baker’s history of loving veterans, my guess is Renteria will be the everyday shortstop by about April 5.
The Oakland Athletics have activated DH Billy Butler from the 7-day concussion disabled list.
Butler, you’ll recall, suffered a concussion last weekend in a clubhouse fight with teammate Danny Valencia. The two have since apologized to each other and to the A’s organization for creating what would, if everyone’s being honest, serve as the dramatic peak of the A’s disappointing year.
Speaking of disappointing, Butler is hitting.286/.338/.419 with four homers and 30 RBI in 228 plate appearances this season.
FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that Tim Tebow’s baseball workout, which will take place tomorrow in Los Angeles, will be attended by scouts from “roughly half” of the 30 major league teams. Morosi noted in a later tweet that a lot of the people going to see the workout are people “with influence.” That could mean that people are taking him seriously. It could mean that people want to gawk. The proof will ultimately be in the pudding.
As we’ve noted, Tebow is 29 and he asn’t played competitive baseball since high school. While some people who have watched him work out have said complimentary things about his preparation and approach, an anonymous scout told ESPN.com last week that Tebow’s swing is so long it might “take out the front row.”
Color us skeptical until someone who works for a club, as opposed to people who have been invited to coach him, pitch to him or work out with him, says that Tebow has a chance.