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Giants BATSMEN, 12/9/10: Renteria Staying?

Posted By Joseph Davis On Dec 9 2010 @ 4:35 pm In San Francisco Giants | 2 Comments

Late-breaking news courtesy of KNBR and verified via the reliable John Shea’s Twitter update: Edgar Renteria has been offered a deal to return to the Giants as a reserve, for 1 year at about $1M (pretty sure a certain unnamed handsome Giants blogger predicted that stance weeks ago). I’ll keep you posted.

After a good flurry of activity, so begins the conclusion to the lively 2010 Winter Meetings—an aptly-named event, as two premier members of the N.L. West will be “meeting” new employers and teammates come 2011. Say goodbye to Adrian Gonzalez, Giants fans. I’m sure you’re beside yourselves with grief to see San Diego’s franchise player shipped to Boston in yet another casualty of MLB’s screwed-up financial imbalance (although we never mind those inequities when they end up helping out our preferred ballclub, as in this case). Gonzalez, as we all know, was going to be dealt in the summer of 2010 had the Pads lived up to their non-contender advance billing. Also, San Diego non-tendered Scott Hairston, another Giants slayer over the years. Reports I’ve read indicate little to no interest in re-signing him to even a reduced deal. Here’s a Kleenex.

Mimicking the Padres, Arizona also sent their prime slugger to the A.L. East via trade —Mark Reynolds is off to Baltimore. In 2010, Reynolds and ex-Ray Carlos Pena made strong attempts to establish sub-.200 averages as acceptable so long as salient power numbers accompany them. Maybe they were on to something? Pena was rewarded with a $10M, 1-year deal from the Cubs this week.

So what has Brian Sabean been up to at the Winter Meetings? Not a whole lot since the Tejada signing. He had told reporters he’d like to see the club get more athletic, with a little more balance from the left side of the plate. For some reason, I’m coming across several publications that discuss the displaced Aaron Rowand as if he has a legitimate shot at reclaiming his starting job in 2011 out of the gate. What’s worse—these discussions do not come with any reservations attached.

Look, I’m one of the 7 Giants fans left that doesn’t abhor Rowand, but he’s an old and abused 33, and Andres Torres’ ignited the team in 2010. Torres would have to go 0-for-March with daily errors and unprecedented difficulty dressing himself for Bruce Bochy to even consider a change. I’m not sure “Boch” would even bench Torres if he caught him hitting on his wife!

Even if all of the above did materialize, Cody Ross is probably first in line to take over CF (a healthy Mark DeRosa or Nate Schierholtz could handle RF, and since Brandon Belt has a shot at making the team in 2011 per Sabean, Aubrey Huff could even shift there). Sabean went on record as saying Rowand would be wise to do some corner outfield preparation for the upcoming season. Any talk you hear of a Torres/Rowand spring competition is what they call “bunk.” If you ask Sabean, any talk of Rowand being dealt to Philly for Raul Ibanez carries the same description, according to Chris Haft of sfgiants.com. JD

 

CPR 12-16-2010

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