So much for Edgar Renteria‘s beggin’ and pleadin’ for a job on the 2009 Tigers. Word from Dave Dombrowski today is that Detroit won’t pick up #8’s option.
Dombrowski wouldn’t rule out re-signing Renteria as a free agent, but said the club would look at other options.
While the Tigers don’t have a viable option at short — well, they sorta do; Ian and I agree that we could just see Carlos Guillen back at short when all is said and done — but methinks that Dombrowski will be hesitant to bring back Renteria for another dismal season, rubbing more salt into the Jair Jurrjens wound.
Another thought: they could deal for the Rockies’ Clint Barmes or drop David Eckstein into the mix for a year.
Chances are that Renteria will be back in the National League and will somehow manage to hit .330.
SI’s John Donovan would like to see 10 trades made this week. Here’s one he’d like the Tigers to make:
David Eckstein (Blue Jays) to the Tigers
Eckstein gets pounded on by the stats-minded community. His numbers indicate that he’s not even an average big-league shortstop. Still, he’d be better than Edgar Renteria, he’s cheap, he’s been on World Series winners and he’s on a short contract. Plus the Tigers could use a little “scrappiness.”
I’d have no problem with this. Before the Reneteria trade went down, I thought the Tigers should’ve signed Eckstein to a one-year deal as a stop gap.