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.
Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett can become a free agent after the 2019 season. He has become one of baseball’s better second basemen since the Reds claimed him off waivers from the Brewers in March 2017. Over the last two years, he has hit 50 homers with an .859 OPS. The only second basemen with a better OPS (min. 700 plate appearances) since the start off the 2017 season are José Altuve (.900) and Daniel Murphy (.876).
Gennett is upset the Reds haven’t been in contact with him to discuss a contract extension, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Gennett said, “We’ve definitely opened it up. They know I want to play here. They know I enjoy playing on this team. I enjoy the fans. I enjoy the coaching staff. I enjoy my teammates. They know all that. There’s nothing else to tell them at this point. It’s waiting for them to come back, which they have not.” He added, “(We’ve) heard absolutely nothing. Zero.”
As Fay points out, Gennett was born in Cincinnati and grew up a Reds fan, so this is a cinch for the club if it makes any effort. The Reds presently have just $58 million in 25-man roster obligations for the 2020 season.