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Edgar Renteria expects to be the Reds’ starting shortstop

Jan 7, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

Renteria running

Edgar Renteria‘s one-year deal with Cincinnati is expected to be finalized soon and yesterday he told ESPN Deportes that “the opportunity to keep playing shortstop full time … was the main reason to accept the offer from the Reds.”

However, as Mark Sheldon of MLB.com notes earlier this week–and prior to reaching an agreement with Renteria–general manager Walt Jocketty replied “absolutely” when asked if Paul Janish would be the Reds’ starting shortstop and added: “Whoever we sign will be more of a complementary player able to play different positions and have experience.”

Janish is a poor hitter with a good glove, so Renteria was going to push him for the starting job either way, but in the span of just a few days Jocketty apparently changed his mind on Janish’s role or oversold Renteria on his likely role.

UPDATE: Dusty Baker was told of Renteria’s expectation that he’ll start and replied that “they’re both going to play” and “Janish deserves a chance to be my shortstop.” Based on Baker’s history of loving veterans, my guess is Renteria will be the everyday shortstop by about April 5.

  1. metalhead65 - Jan 7, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    this is every reds fans nightmare and despite what the gm says dusty will have his veteran presence at the top of the order everyday no matter how bad he is hitting or fielding. as for janish he is a great fielder and batted 260. not bad for a poor hitter who never got to play regularly untill last year when he played in place of last years washed up veteran shortstop. with all the hitters they have in that lineup what is wrong with batting a guy who will sane more runs than this guy will drive in 8th in the lineup?dusty treats him like he is the batboy untill he has no choice but to use him. is he an allstar?no but he is much better than the washed up guys they keep signing to keep him out of the lineup!

  2. metalhead65 - Jan 7, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    can you do reds fans a favor and list all the washed up ex cardnial players that are out there for jocketty to sign? that’s all that seems to matter to him not if they can play or not,first jim edmonds who hurts himself running the bases after a home run and now this washed up guy at short. will it ever end?what happened to building thru the system?how are the youngs guys going to get playing experiance if trhey are stuck behind these old washed guys?well at least they can’t take last year away can they?

    • paperlions - Jan 7, 2011 at 5:07 PM

      Sure.

      Jeff Suppan
      Aaron Miles
      So Taguchi
      David Eckstein
      Braden Looper
      Chris Duncan
      Jason Isringhausen
      Jason Marquis
      Miguel Cairo (I think you’ve already got this one)

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jan 7, 2011 at 5:36 PM

        All first ballot HOFers.

  3. giant4life - Jan 7, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Good luck rentawreck!

  4. metalhead65 - Jan 7, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    thanks paperlions it’s worse than I thought, they will all have spring training try outs before it’s over with.hell they won’t even give the pitchers a tryout they will just sign them because they have experiance. to bad the reds looked promising to with the young talent that came thru last year.

  5. Old Gator - Jan 8, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Hell, I expected to be the Cardinals’ opening day shortstop. Sorry Edgar, we’re going to have to go out back and settle this like wannabes.

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