Giants decline Edgar Renteria’s $10.5M option for 2011

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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.

Cubs to activate Craig Kimbrel on Thursday

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The Cubs will activate reliever Craig Kimbrel ahead of Thursday afternoon’s game against the Braves, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

Kimbrel, 31, ended a seven-month stint in free agency, agreeing to a three-year, $43 million contract with the Cubs earlier this month. He has made four minor league appearances, allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

With an aggregate 3.96 ERA entering Wednesday, the Cubs’ bullpen has been among the better bullpens in the league. Adding Kimbrel, one of the greatest closers of all-time, certainly can’t hurt and will give them some stability in save situations.