Whether or not you think he’s being overpaid, it seems the San Francisco Giants are going to sign free-agent shortstop Edgar Renteria to a 2-year deal in the $18 million range.
Fantasy baseball owners had high expectations for Renteria when he signed with the Tigers last season. Actually, most fantasy baseballers had high expectations for every hitter in the Tigers lineup last season.
In comparison to the previous three seasons in Atlanta and Boston, last season turned out to be his worst year in recent memory. Renteria batted .270 in 2008 with 10 homeruns, 55 RBI, 69 runs, and only 6 steals.
While he hasn’t been a great source for steals in several years and lacks the power necessary to produce 20 homeruns, Renteria’s batting average and run production typically keeps him valuable as a fantasy baseball shortstop. In mixed 5×5′s, continue to consider him as a fill-in option when his team plays on either Monday or Thursday and your shortstop is traveling.
Of course, if he can return his average to around .300 and go back to producing over 75 runs a year, Renteria could be a late round steal on draft day. Consider him a second shortstop and late-round flier in 2009 drafts.