When the Giants offered Edgar Renteria a one-year, $1 million contract in December the World Series MVP called the proposal “a total disrespect” and explained that he “would rather stay with my private business and share more time with my family” than accept a $9 million drop in salary.
Renteria eventually signed with the Reds for a one-year deal worth $2.1 million plus incentives, and the veteran infielder told Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com that he’s no longer angry about how things ended with the Giants:
I don’t feel hurt. They treated me real good. I understand the game, I understand what’s going on with the business. They’re a great organization. Everybody treated me good. They offered that because they think that’s my value. I thought that wasn’t my value. So we didn’t have an agreement. That’s why I didn’t sign with them. But it’s nothing personal. It’s about business.
Renteria, who earned $18 million during two years with the Giants despite missing 40 percent of the team’s games and hitting just .259 with a .660 OPS, will be competing with Paul Janish to be Cincinnati’s starting shortstop this season. Dusty Baker has indicated that Janish will get every opportunity to win the job, but the Reds’ manager has always had a tough time leaving veterans like Renteria on the bench.
Barring physicals and roster reshuffling, the Yankees and Reds are all but ready to finalize a deal involving right-hander Sonny Gray, Fancred’s Jon Heyman reported Saturday. The exact return has not been confirmed, but Heyman hears that the Yankees will receive top infield prospect Shed Long and a draft pick in exchange for Gray, with an as-yet unnamed third player possibly involved as well.
According to several reports earlier in the day, negotiations came down to the wire as the Yankees first had their eye on the Reds’ no. 6 prospect, 22-year-old catcher Tyler Stephenson. The Reds ultimately elected to hang on to Stephenson and send Long to New York, as they currently have a greater need for catching depth and weren’t expected to be able to provide a full-time role for the infielder in 2019. Long, 23, is ranked seventh in the Reds’ system and appears to be nearing his MLB debut after batting .261/.353/.412 with 12 homers and a .765 OPS across 522 PA at Double-A Pensacola last year.
Gray figures to step into a prominent role within the Reds’ rotation, which is likely to be a mix of recently-acquired left-hander Alex Wood and right-handers Tanner Roark, Luis Castillo, Anthony DeSclafani, and Tyler Mahle, among several others. Despite Gray’s struggle to remain productive on the mound — he’s three years removed from his only All-Star campaign and turned in a disappointing 4.90 ERA and 2.16 SO/BB rate in 2018 — he might yet help stabilize a team that trotted out the fifth-worst rotation in the majors last season. If, on the other hand, the veteran righty finds the hitter-friendly confines of Great American Ball Park a little too unforgiving this year, the Reds can take some comfort in the fact that he’s due to enter free agency in 2020.