November 5th, 2010
01:55 PM ET

Giants cut World Series hero Renteria loose

Giants shortstop Edgar Renteria celebrates his team's World Series victory Monday night.

Edgar Renteria has a World Series MVP trophy, but he doesn't have a team.

The San Francisco Giants on Friday declined to pick up their $10.5 million option to keep Renteria for the 2011 season, according to MLB.com. The team exercised its right to buy out the option with a $500,000 payment to the 34-year-old shortstop.

Renteria had a rough season but came up big during the playoffs and World Series, batting .412 and hitting a three-run home run off Texas ace Cliff Lee in Monday's Game 5 that sealed the Rangers' fate.

The five-time All-Star played in just 72 regular-season games in 2010 and had openly discussed retirement, so the Giants' move Friday was not unexpected, MLB.com reported.

"It's always hard to think about retiring," Renteria told Examiner.com after the team's victory parade. "I want to rest. Whew, I feel great."

Renteria becomes a free agent eligible to be signed by any team, including the Giants.

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  1. donimus

    Incredible!

    November 5, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. beachrat

    Like eerything else, the bottom line is all that counts these days, no loyallty at all, they just took the joy out of their win for many of us

    November 5, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Real Giants fan

      To beachrat: Why would the Giants keep him for $10million? He was on the team for two years and was horrible in the regular season both years. You should be congratulating Bochy and the Giants for even having faith in the guy and keeping him on the roster, let alone play him! Where are you from anyway? Did you watch the Giants from start to finish or any of the the past few seasons? How does this take the joy away from the fans? Some have been waiting 56 years for this!

      November 5, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • 42belvedere

      I agree with beachrat. Although Renteria didn't have a very productive regular season, he WAS the hero of The World Series, and I think he should be rewarded with that option for the additional year. Because let's face it, if he did great during the regular season, but choked in the playoffs and The Series, that would totally SUCK! This guy produces when IT REALLY COUNTS.

      November 6, 2010 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. painless

    At least he can say he was part of a world championship. they can't take that!!

    November 5, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tony

    St. Louis should snap him back up while they can. The Cards need middle infielding, and he was a fan favorite when he was with them the first time around.

    November 5, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • dianeplantation

      Agree with Tony. They need a solid SS who is productive – and he was previously with the Cards, the fans still love him, and he could add significantly to the leadership in the clubhouse. Also, the Marlins – he could really help them as well.

      November 7, 2010 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Aenar

    On the flipside, he could waive his contract and ask to return and finish it out as a Giant.
    Why would the giants give an aging injury-prone SS 11 mill to benchwarm potentially.
    The greed is on both sides. The front office tries to save money, the players want more but jump teams at the expense of their legacy.
    and, the Giants will probably drop ZITO like a hot potato...take the hit but cut him loose

    November 5, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ripped

    I wonder what else Renteria can accomplish...after all, to be in the company of Joe, Yogi, and Lou ain't bad. I would like to see him come back but for 10.5, well, I don't know. Bottom line though is that Edgar Renteria is a class act. The guy has character. I was sorry to see him leave Bobby Cox a few years back.

    November 5, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mike scanlon

    Six games do not a superstar make. Renteria never showed much with the Tigers, and I think probably he didn't get booted out of Florida because of his selfless devotion to the team. He might consider signing with Hugo Chavez, who has pockets at least as deep as most MLB owners.

    November 6, 2010 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. 42belvedere

    So what if Renteria didn't have an outstanding regular season? He kicked butt WHEN IT COUNTED – during the playoffs and The Series. Even if his next year isn't amazing, the Giants should have rewarded him with the option. He truly deserves their thanks and loyalty. He is a class act and San Francisco is being short-sighted.

    November 6, 2010 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. phillip

    So, from a business standpoint, does it make sense to give someone 11 million, when you can just resign him for 1 million, keep him as a bench player, which keeps him playing and happy, and the Giants happy to have that money to get another bat? You retards!

    November 6, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. stace

    Like Renteria (Renteria played for Boston Red Sox in 2005), Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz had a sluggish season until his incredible comeback later on in the season. The Red Sox resigned him without any delay. At the end of the day, a player's (regardless of his start) performance really counts in the post season. Many players lose their confidence during playoffs and World Series. Renteria step to the plate for San Fran. when it was time, and this is what he gets? San. Fran loss, another team gain. RENTERIA, THIS BOSTON RED SOX FAN WANTS YOU BACK !!!!!!!!!!

    November 6, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. j rob

    Its obamas fault

    November 6, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Xango

    Renteria is a class act. Got the game winning hit in 2 different world series... Obviously he can produce under pressure. Too bad the Giants let him go. If he bounces back from injury he should still have a good couple of years left in him. I would love to see the Giants resign him for whatever they can negotiate. Let him finish his career in SF as the Hero that he is.

    November 24, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |