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Renteria In; Burriss Out?

The Giants will announce today that they've reached agreement with free agent shortstop Edgar Renteria on a two-year, $18.5 million contract, according to this story by the Associated Press.

What does this mean for Emmanuel Burriss, the 23-year-old District native who played 95 games last season as a rookie?

And what will the Tigers do for a shortstop? The Free Press says they're eyeing Pittsburgh's Jack Wilson.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  December 4, 2008; 1:06 PM ET
 
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I hear Jackie Wilson sings . . .

The Giants had Burriss in the AFL this year, so perhaps they think he could use regular appearance in AAA? They are a little thin at 2d (Eugenio Velez is 3 years older), so maybe he moves there.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | December 4, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't it be mentioned that Burriss basically skipped AA and AAA last year? Because everyone who could play short got hurt late in Spring training and at one point the Giants had two Single A players (Burriss and Bocock) splitting time.

Burriss's has potential as was evidence in his post-August numbers, but his bat has a long way to go to even be average. And I'm sure he'll split time at second base unless Keven Frandsen ends up tearing it up during Spring Training and if that happens he'll get starts at Fresno.

Honestly for those rooting for Emmanuel you should hope he gets more seasoning in the minors.

Posted by: noahthek | December 4, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

ESPN reports the Dodgers are also after Jack Wilson. Hang up with Detroit is the money ($7.25 m + $600K buyout of his option).

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3745548

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | December 4, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

"You botched your own punch-line," Jackie Wilson said.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | December 4, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Reports now have DET backing off Wilson and LAD showing little interest. Padres now need a SS, but ATL probably now keeps Escobar.

With Renteria gone and Furcal seemingly headed to OAK, does this mean Felipe is the second most attractive free agent middle infielder? Ugh. Here's hoping Adam Everett gets a better deal than Lopez.

Makes you wonder what Guzman could have earned as a free agent when an older, less productive (at least in 2008) Renteria signs for $2.5 mil more over two years.

Posted by: LosDoceOcho | December 5, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Also, I would appreciate an "Orioles Close to Signing Teixeira" report from Cameron. He seems to have a reverse mojo working which I find favorable.

Posted by: LosDoceOcho | December 5, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

LDO - perhaps this is more of a Planet NJ discussion, but at the time of the Guzman signing, I was in the camp that it was pretty much a market to below market signing. I think Guz pretty much said he thought he could get more had he waited, but appreciated the interest and the club's willingness to stick with him after taking the chance in 2004. he also acknowledged the two years pay for essentially 1/4 season active in '06/'07 had something to do with his sense of obligation.

Sheinin and other critics of the deal did not say it was above market (although some said it was buy high). Rather, the criticisms were whether the money could have been used elsewhere, whether there were better defensive options available at replacement player cost, and whether they should have moved him for prospects. For example, would Furcal been a substantial upgrade for an incremental $7 million over what we committed to Guz? Would the money be better spent on O-Dog at 2d and going with A-Gon at SS? We might be a little backwards now with our strong defensive middle infielder (Alberto Anderson) at 2d and our lesser range bat at SS. If $8 million for two years would get you most of the way to a decent, unclaimed bat at 1st or left, was the money well spent? Look at your LAA - either Aybar (or his brother Aybar) or Izturis (but not his brother Izturis) would be a nice, cheap option here who might be better than Guz if their potential is realized. Could Guz have gotten a position prospect / potential CF or leadoff hitter) if he were dealt at the deadline to say Boston, MN, or Det?

By the way, I have been high on A-Gon for a while. At the end of April (when he was replacing Jeter), I suggested the NAts and NYY matched up well and that A-Gopn should be the target, essentially for guys who became surplus.(http://voices.washingtonpost.com/nationalsjournal/2008/04/four_outta_six_thank_you_john.html)

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | December 5, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

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