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Edgar Renteria no longer feels “disrespected” by the Giants

Feb 21, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

Renteria running

When the Giants offered Edgar Renteria a one-year, $1 million contract in December the World Series MVP called the proposal “a total disrespect” and explained that he “would rather stay with my private business and share more time with my family” than accept a $9 million drop in salary.

Renteria eventually signed with the Reds for a one-year deal worth $2.1 million plus incentives, and the veteran infielder told Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com that he’s no longer angry about how things ended with the Giants:

I don’t feel hurt. They treated me real good. I understand the game, I understand what’s going on with the business. They’re a great organization. Everybody treated me good. They offered that because they think that’s my value. I thought that wasn’t my value. So we didn’t have an agreement. That’s why I didn’t sign with them. But it’s nothing personal. It’s about business.

Renteria, who earned $18 million during two years with the Giants despite missing 40 percent of the team’s games and hitting just .259 with a .660 OPS, will be competing with Paul Janish to be Cincinnati’s starting shortstop this season. Dusty Baker has indicated that Janish will get every opportunity to win the job, but the Reds’ manager has always had a tough time leaving veterans like Renteria on the bench.

  1. cur68 - Feb 21, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    awww. Dusty Baker; the Huggy Bear of managers.

  2. henryd3rd - Feb 21, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    I hate to say it; but I liked Edgar more when he was muffing grounders in Boston and couldn’t handle the pressure of playing in the American League East. Now the dude gets credit for a great post season and he thinks he is the second coming of Jesus. Please shut up! He batted 276 and played in a grand total of 76 games. Please take The Reds money and keep quiet.

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 21, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    “Business” would have been offering you nothing for being paid tons to sit and be hurt nearly half the time. Yet they offered you a deal because of what you meant to them in 2010.

    Disrespectful would be Brian Sabean calling you a bumbling aging worthless pile of bench. Offering you a million dollars to perform a part-time job you hardly would have deserved is called generosity.

    Get over yourself, Edgar.

    *cues fellow readers to tear his words apart*

    • cur68 - Feb 21, 2011 at 5:46 PM

      since no one offers me $1 million to do anything, I’m with you on this one

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