Edgar Renteria Leaning Toward Retirement

Edgar Renteria doesn't plan to play in 2012 and is leaning toward retirement, agent Barry Meister told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. However, Renteria won't officially file for retirement just yet in case an opportunity emerges later on.

Renteria obtained offers from two NL teams this offseason, but they were for minor league deals, and he decided to pass. The Royals considered the 16-year-veteran earlier on in the offseason, but it's not clear if they made him an offer.

Renteria spent the 2011 season with the Reds, posting a .251/.306/.348 line in 333 plate appearances as a shortstop and second baseman. He owns two Gold Gloves, two Silver Sluggers, 140 home runs and a .286/.343/.398 line as a Major Leaguer and has earned upwards of $85MM since breaking in with the 1996 Marlins. MLBTR's Tim Dierkes examined retirement candidates around MLB last month.


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redsx968
3 years 6 months ago

You were a disaster when you played for Boston, but I guess I gotta say thank you for making the last out of the 2004 WS. Best of luck in retirement

MB923
3 years 6 months ago

“He owns two Gold Gloves, two Silver Sluggers”

Also owns 2 WS rings and had a chance to win 2 WS MVP’s. No idea why they gave the 97 WS MVP to Livan Hernandez. He may have won 2 games, but he pitched nothing more than mediocre in each of those games.

Although Moises Alou deserved it more than Edgar, but of course no hit was important as Edgar’s.

3 years 6 months ago

I will never forget the homerun he hit off of cliff lee in the 2010 ws Your time with the Giants and those 2/12 million dollars was a horrible time but the way he played in the postseason and in the world series made up for it. Thanks for the memories edgar. 

Whole_New_World
3 years 6 months ago

 Try 2/18 million.

But, I agree, couple of slams in the World Series makes up for it.

Stany19
3 years 6 months ago

The 97 MVP should have went to Alou. Came up with huge homeruns, good defense, and scored the tying run in the 9th to force extras in game 7. Edgar still had a lot to do with the series tho.

MB923
3 years 6 months ago

Yeah I agree. But Hernandez was a terrible choice.

jondogg2010
3 years 6 months ago

I’d retire. I wouldn’t want to tarnish my overall numbers just to ‘hang around’ for a few years on minor league deals.

3 years 6 months ago

Maybe he likes to play.

Whole_New_World
3 years 6 months ago

Beer league softball then.

See Byrnes, Eric.

3 years 6 months ago

I can see that type of thinking, but it’s a fan’s thinking.  We want our stars to retire on top like Elway did in football.

Watching someone decline isn’t as much fun, but if someone loves to do something and they can find someone willing to pay them to do it, then they should do what makes them happy.  Even if it tarnishes their legacy in a very Willie Mays kind of way.

Dan Lewis
3 years 6 months ago

Sorry Matthew, but that’s not possible with Edgar.  One of the least interested players I’ve ever seen, and I don’t mean that in the J.D. Drew sense, where an easy, unemotional style can sometimes make it look as though a player lacks interest.  I don’t know if Drew loves (loved?) playing, and I won’t pretent to know.  Edgar on the other hand? He often couldn’t be bothered to field with effort, to battle at the plate, or to leg out a GIDP after carelessly rolling over on an outside pitch. 

I’ll still see it in my sleep, well into Edgar’s retirement, but it’s nice to see this page finally turned.

3 years 6 months ago

I just know him during the St. Louis years.  He didn’t seem to have those issues in St. Louis that I recall.

If he was moreso that way with the Sox, Braves or Giants, then I never paid enough attention to know.

Jay Rock
3 years 6 months ago

I watched him all last season with the Reds.  His .251 average was deceptive.  He looked as if he had batted .151 and his effort was barely noticeable, if there was any.

3 years 6 months ago

yeah it would be a shame to trash that 398 slugging average.

HerbertAnchovy
3 years 6 months ago

I guess being disrespected won’t be an issue anymore…

3 years 6 months ago

Had an awesome bounce back year with the braves and then landed them Jurrjens, thanks Edgar!

3 years 6 months ago

I enjoyed watching him as a Cardinal, from the early years when he was an unpolished fielder with a good bat that we jokingly referred to as “E-6″ for his error proneness to the end of his time with the Cardinals when he was the complete package.  I was sad to see him leave the Cardinals then, but he was an above average player at a premium position for a number of years and should generally be remembered pretty positively.

It is amusing to think that given the great teams he was on (2004 Cardinals, 2005 Red Sox) that his two rings come with the Marlins and Giants though, two teams that definitely overachieved to win the World Series.

Harthan
3 years 6 months ago

I will always have a special place of loathing for him for that single off of Nagy in ’97.  They were so close, why couldn’t the Indians get it just once? 

No, I kid.  I respect Edgar a lot as one of the most truly clutch players in the history of the postseason. 

sdsny
3 years 6 months ago

Nice career.  In his prime a great defensive shortstop who could hit for a high average.  He’ll be remembered for his postseason heroics, especially in 1997.

sdsny
3 years 6 months ago

Not great defensively…but good, especially later in his career with the Cards and Braves.

wolf9309
3 years 6 months ago

 for the Red Sox 2005 world series win?  Or did they just send him a ring when they won in 2007 because they were still paying him?

Dynasty22
3 years 6 months ago

 He didn’t win one with Boston. Maybe you are thinking about O-Cab?

letsgogiants
3 years 6 months ago

I guess if you count the last out of the 2004 world series, as the Red Sox could have sent him a WS ring as a thank-you gift.

rainyperez
3 years 6 months ago

I didn’t know the Red Sox went back to back from ’04-’05?

wolf9309
3 years 6 months ago

yeah, that was my point.  Sorry, I know sarcasm gets lost on the internet.