Edgar Renteria has played just 71 games this season due to an assortment of injuries and poor production, and yesterday the 34-year-old infielder told Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’s considering retirement after 15 seasons in the majors:
I feel good. My mind is good, but sometimes the body says, “No,” because I’ve had a lot of injuries this year. I’m not proud of what I’ve done. If they pay me to play, I just want to give back, not get injured. That’s me.
Renteria has earned $18.5 million over the past two seasons while hitting just .260/.317/.346 and playing in just 60 percent of the Giants’ games. The retirement talk is interesting, in part because he could no doubt stick around for several more seasons as a part-time player and in part because his current contract includes a $10.5 million team option or $500,000 buyout for 2011.
Retiring would free the Giants from having to pay that buyout, so if Renteria does decide to call it quits after the season expect him wait until San Francisco cuts him loose and he gets that final check.
MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosh reports that the Cardinals are shutting down pitcher Carlos Martínez from throwing for two weeks because his shoulder strength isn’t where it should have been at this point. Langosch added that an MRI showed no structural damage in Martínez’s right shoulder.
Interestingly, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak didn’t sound too happy with Martínez offseason training regimen. Per Mark Saxon of The Athletic, Mozeliak said, “Obviously, there’s a history with Carlos’ shoulder and it would be probably in everybody’s best interest if he maintained a constant or perpetual approach to that program.”
Martínez, 27, battled oblique and shoulder injuries last year. He accrued just 118 2/3 innings, making just 18 starts. He was moved to the bullpen when he returned from the disabled list in August and finished out the season in that role. Still, Martínez managed a 3.11 ERA with 117 strikeouts and 60 walks.
Langosch reported last week that the Cardinals were considering using Martínez in relief again in 2019. The latest news may push the Cardinals to indeed use Martínez out of the bullpen once again. He will be reevaluated in early March, but there is a chance he won’t be ready for Opening Day.