Friday, December 17, 2010

Was Edgar Renteria Disrespected by the Giants?

Edgar Renteria says that he feels like he was disrespected by the Giants.

Renteria told ESPN Deportes, "That offer from the Giants was a lack of respect. A total disrespect. 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."

So did the World Series MVP deserve more?

Ehh, maybe.

wOBA for Tejada and Renteria
If you look at Miguel Tejada who the Giants just signed to a 1 year $6.5 million deal you could perhaps make a case that he was offered below market pricing. The two have had similar careers over roughly the same time periods, Tejada has been the more consistent player while Renteria has had higher peaks and lower valleys.

Renteria has rated much better defensively at short stop coming and league average or better for nearly every season of his career, Tejada on the other hand, not so much. Tejada has been at best an average defensive shortstop and now is more of a third baseman.

Comparing WAR over their careers Tejada again is superior he has averaged 3.14 WAR over his 14 year career with a high of 6.5 and a low of -0.3 in his first big league season. Renteria has averaged 2.5 WAR with a high of 6.6 and a low 0.3 in 2009.

The other things that you need to take into account is that Tejada has been a healthy and reliable guy while Renteria has battled injuries the last two seasons. Tejada is 2 years older but is still safer injury wise.

When you take all of this into account a $1 million dollar deal may have been a little low, perhaps $1.5 or $2 million could have been justified but the Giants just got done vastly overpaying him so really going in low doesn't bug me.

So Edgar Renteria can feel disrespected but when you look at everything he didn't warrant a deal near what Tejada got (he may not have either) and it is too bad things didn't work out.

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