Edgar Renteria dislikes Giants' $1M offer
ORLANDO -- Edgar Renteria understands the best part of his major league career is over and baseball is a business, but he still hoped for better treatment from the San Francisco Giants after helping the team to the World Series in October.
San Francisco offered a one year, $1 million contract to the 2010 World Series MVP.
That offer from the Giants was a lack of respect. A total disrespect.” -- Edgar Renteria
"That offer from the Giants was a lack of respect. A total disrespect," Renteria told ESPNdeportes.com Thursday from Colombia.
"To play for a million dollars, I'd rather stay with my private business and share more time with my family," he said. "Thank God I'm well off financially and my money is well invested."
Renteria, 34, had suggested he might retire after 2010. He was on the disabled list three times and played 72 games for San Francisco.
But the shortstop played strong defense and hit .412 with two home runs and six RBIs against the Texas Rangers to lead the Giants to their first World Series title in 56 years and the first one since moving from New York to San Francisco in 1958. His three-run homer against lefty Cliff Lee in the seventh inning of Game 5 buried the Rangers.
San Francisco declined a $9.5 million option for 2011 in Renteria's contract. The Giants then signed shortstop Miguel Tejada to a one year, $6.5 million deal.
"I have received at least another offer since I was a free agent, but it wasn't what I'm looking for to continue playing," Renteria said. "If I got a good offer, I'm playing, and if not, it's better to stay at home."
Renteria didn't expand on the other offers and did not say if he would return to San Francisco if the club improved its offer.
Renteria is a five time All-Star, has a .287 career average, with two Gold Gloves and three Silver Slugger awards. He has played 15 seasons with Florida, St. Louis, Boston, Atlanta, Detroit and San Francisco.
Enrique Rojas is a reporter and columnist for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com.
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