Needing offense and an overhaul of the left side of their infield, the San Francisco Giants have signed shortstop Edgar Renteria to a two-year, $18.5 million contract, a deal that was first reported by Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday.
The Giants, intent on upgrading their anemic offense, have also discussed a trade that would send left-handed starter Jonathan Sanchez to the Florida Marlins in exchange for third baseman Jorge Cantu.
Sanchez, 26, was promising but inconsistent in 29 starts in 2008 for the Giants, whose offseason strategy is to part with young pitching to add bats through trades and sign arms via the free-agent market. Released by the Reds last December, Cantu, also 26, turned his career around with 29 home runs, 41 doubles and 95 RBI for the surprising Marlins last season.
The Giants dabbled in the possibilities of adding Rafael Furcal or Orlando Cabrera, but instead gave the 33-year-old Renteria a two-year, $18.5 million deal. Renteria struggled in Detroit last season butRead More »from Giants aim to shore up infield