FRIDAY,7:49pm: Giants assistant GM Bobby Evans says that the club is still looking at all options for a backup shortstop, which means that they haven't given up on retaining Renteria, writes Shea. However, Evans says that there is a major inconsistency between what the veteran said yesterday and what his agent is saying today:
"Something doesn't add up when you read Renteria's quotes and yet the agent insists that Edgar has no problem with the Giants," the assistant GM said.
THURSDAY, December 16th: Renteria didn't care for the Giants' recent $1MM contract offer, reports Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes. "That offer from the Giants was a lack of respect. A total disrespect," said Renteria. "To play for a million dollars, I'd rather stay with my private business and share more time with my family. Thank God I'm well off financially and my money is well invested."
Renteria had expressed his desire to retire as a Cardinal or a Marlin but there were signs that he would probably be back with the Giants next season, though this is now in doubt given Renteria's apparent disdain for their proposal. As MLBTR's Ben Nicholson-Smith pointed out, San Francisco already has several infield options on the roster and doesn't really need Renteria, so the Giants' $1MM contract might well be their final offer.
This rift between Renteria and the Giants could be good news for the Marlins, who may be interested in the reigning World Series MVP themselves. Renteria told Rojas he had received at least one other offer from another team, but this offer also wasn't to his liking.