SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Edgar Renteria became the second free agent to join the San Francisco Giants in as many days, receiving an $18.5 million, two-year contract to replace 11-time Gold Glove shortstop Omar Vizquel.
"He is a complete player on both sides of the ball, a clutch performer and a winner," Giants general manager Brian Sabean said in a statement Thursday announcing the deal. "He has the hardware to show it with the awards he has garnered and a World Series ring. We look forward to seeing him in a Giants uniform."
The deal was first reported by FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.
Renteria gets a $2 million signing bonus, $7 million next year and $9 million in 2010. The Giants have a $10.5 million option for 2011 with a $500,000 buyout.
Renteria is a decent enough bounce back candidate, but I'm not wild about giving him a guaranteed second year.
The Cardinals are on the verge of acquiring Khalil Greene from the Padres for two relief prospects, according to the New York Post.
The Padres will get Mark Worrell and a player to be named from the Cardinals for Khalil Greene, according to MLB.com.
Greene is owed ~$6m, next season. As noted by reputable sources, Greene has always been a great breakout candidate, espically if one were to remove him from Petco Park, and even if he doesn't bounce back all the way he's still a solid regular. For the price of the midwest version of Sean Green? I love it. welcome to Cardinal Nation, Khalilbot!
UPDATE: The Padres are paying Greene to go away.
According to one club official, the commissioner’s office may need to approve the deal, which likely means that the Padres could be offsetting Greene’s salary by at least $1 million.
SECOND UPDATE: Apparently that part went away.
THIRD UPDATE: Word is the Pads are paying $2m. The only way this would be better is if Towers kept the $2m and instead threw in the rights to Frankenfriar.*
* I like Frankenfriar.