Feb 11, 2012, 12:45 PM EST
You know someone we haven’t heard much about lately? Edgar Renteria. There was a report in early December that the Royals met with his agent at the Winter Meetings, but they ultimately signed Yuniesky Betancourt to serve as a backup infielder. Getting passed over for Yuni? That’s a real blow to the ego.
Even though Renteria has struggled to draw much interest this offseason, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the veteran infielder plans to return for his 17th major league season. Where he’ll go is anyone’s guess, but Heyman speculates that the Astros, Cubs and Brewers are all “good fits.”
Renteria, 35, batted .251/.306/.348 with five home runs, 36 RBI, four stolen bases and a .654 OPS in 96 games with the Reds last season. He’ll almost certainly have to settle for a minor-league deal at this point.