Renteria to Giants

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Looking to add strength to both the middle of the infield and to the top of the lineup, the San Francisco Giants have signed free agent infielder Edgar Renteria to a two-year contract, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today.

Per club policy, financial terms of the contract were not disclosed. 

Renteria, 33, is a career .290 hitter in 13 big league seasons with Florida (1996-98), St. Louis (1999-2004), Boston (2005), Atlanta (2006-07) and Detroit (2008). The 6-foot-1, 200-pound native of Colombia is a five-time National League All-Star selection (1998, 2000, 2003-04, 2006), two-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner (2002-03) and three-time Silver Slugger Award winner (2000, 2002-03).

“We’re extremely excited to bring a player of Edgar’s caliber to our organization,” said Sabean. “He is a complete player on both sides of the ball, a clutch performer and a winner. He has the hardware to show it with the awards he has garnered and a World Series ring. We look forward to seeing him in a Giants uniform.”

Renteria spent all of last season with the Detroit Tigers, batting .270 with 69 runs, 22 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs and 55 RBI in 138 games. He led the American League with a .366 batting average against left-handed pitchers and posted a .296 average in 56 games following the All-Star Break. He also reached the 2,000 hit milestone last season, achieving the feat June 17 at San Francisco and becoming just one of 20 active Major League players to amass 2,000 or more hits in his career.

A career .293 hitter in the National League, Renteria ranked fourth in the NL in 2007 with a career-best .332 batting average in his second season with the Braves. He compiled one of his finest seasons in 2003 with St. Louis, posting career highs in games (157), hits (194), doubles (47), RBI (100), on-base pct. (.394) and slugging pct. (.480). He has fared extremely well at AT&T Park, compiling a career .344 average (32-for-93) in 23 contests.

Originally signed by Florida as a non-drafted free agent in 1992, Renteria brings a resume of winning baseball to San Francisco, making six trips to the postseason with Florida, St. Louis and Boston. A veteran of 55 career playoff contests, Renteria owns a .246 lifetime postseason average with one homer and 17 RBI while playing in six Division Series (1997, 2000-02, 2004-05), four Championship Series (1997, 2000, 2002, 2004) and a pair of World Series (1997, 2004). One of his most memorable performances was his game-winning hit off Charles Nagy in Game 7 of Florida’s 1997 World Series victory over Cleveland.

Throughout his career, he has been frequently named by Baseball America as one of the best defensive shortstops and one of the best hit and run artists in baseball. He is a lifetime .299 hitter with runners in scoring position, including a .302 mark in 2008.

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