Edgar Renteria did everything he could to help the San Francisco Giants win the World Series and was awarded with an MVP award and the release from his contract.
Thanks for everything, Edgar. There’s the door.
The Giants chose to decline Renteria’s $9.5 million option and instead paid him a $500,000 buyout.
"He was obviously a big reason we won, not just the last game, but the whole playoff run," said Bobby Evans, the Giants' vice president of baseball operations. "Edgar played a huge role, whether in the clubhouse, on the field, or his leadership and his professionalism and his ability to string together some very good games and big hits for us."
Renteria batted .412 with two home runs and six RBIs as the Giants downed the Texas Rangers for the MLB Championship.
Much of the reason is due to Edgar contemplating retirement. The 34-year old shortstop is considering stepping away from the game after a season filled with injuries.
"It's always hard to think about retiring," Renteria said after the team's victory parade. "I want to rest. Whew, I feel great."
The five-time All-Star played in the World Series with a torn biceps muscle. He only played 72 games this season, making three trips to the DL.
Edgar Renteria is a career .287 hitter with 135 home runs and 887 RBI for the Marlins, Cardinals, Red Sox, Braves, Tigers and Giants. If he retires after this season, he will be going out on top.
"He's a guy we're glad we brought here. Despite the injuries this year, he still found a way and he stuck it out to contribute," Evans said. "He fought through it. He's a great baseball man and a consummate professional. A World Series MVP says it all."