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Edgar Renteria is leaning toward retirement at age 35

Feb 22, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Two weeks ago Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported that Edgar Renteria planned to play this season, but that is apparently no longer the case.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com spoke to Renteria’s agent and writes that the 35-year-old “does not plan to play this season and is leaning toward retirement.”

His lack of job options no doubt played a part, as Renteria is no longer a capable shortstop defensively and hit just .251 with a .306 on-base percentage and .348 slugging percentage in 96 games for the Reds last season. According to his agent two NL teams offered a minor-league deal, but Renteria passed and will instead wait a while to see if he changes his mind.

He once looked like a darkhorse candidate for 3,000 career hits, but Renteria ceased being an effective everyday player at age 30. That season, 2007, he batted .332 for the Braves and already had 1,934 hits, but since then he’s played 430 games spread over four seasons while batting just .261 with a .672 OPS.

  1. mdpickles - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Age 35 in Dominican Years=43.

    • winkeroni - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      Too bad he’s not Dominican.

      The guy was pretty clutch in the World Series though.

  2. cur68 - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    The Red Sox need a SS. Just sayin’.

    • bigharold - Feb 22, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      Aren’t the RS still paying him?

  3. Jamie Moyer - Feb 22, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    What a wuss.

  4. metalhead65 - Feb 22, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    I thought he retired while playing for the reds last year. oh that’s right he only played like he was retired and got 3 million for doing it. and you people wonder why I get upset when walt signs ex-cards that nobody but he wanted.

    • paperlions - Feb 22, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      Way to have a rosy perspective; I can only imagine what you would be like if you were a bitter fan.

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