SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants shrugged off a report that trumpeted Edgar Renteria's dissatisfaction with contract talks between him and the club, citing an agent's assertions to the contrary. One day after Renteria was quoted in an ESPN Deportes story as stating that the Giants' offer of approximately $1 million showed "disrespect" toward him, Bobby Evans, the club's vice president of baseball operations, said Friday that the 15-year veteran shortstop remained "very favorable" about returning to San Francisco. Evans said he was told by Barry Meister, Renteria's agent, that the article was "not accurate" in portraying the sentiments of the World Series Most Valuable Player.
Rather, Evans said that Renteria, according to Meister, is "well aware of where we stand. He's very interested in coming back." The feeling is mutual, though the Giants are interested in the 35-year-old Renteria only as a backup infielder. Their contract offer is all they can afford within their budget after committing $28.5 million to Aubrey Huff and Miguel Tejada and with six salary arbitration cases (outfielders Andres Torres and Cody Ross, left-handers Javier Lopez and Jonathan Sanchez and right-handers Santiago Casilla and Ramon Ramirez) awaiting them. In the ESPN Deportes story, Renteria said, "That offer from the Giants was a lack of respect. A total disrespect." He added, "To play for a million dollars, I'd rather stay with my private business and share more time with my family. Thank God I'm well off financially and my money is well invested." Said Evans, "Something doesn't add up when you read Renteria's quotes and yet the agent insists that Edgar has no problem with the Giants." Meister did not return phone messages seeking comment. Renteria, 35, is believed to have drawn interest from the Florida Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, two of the five other teams for whom he has played. In the ESPN Deportes story, Renteria claimed to have received an offer from a team besides San Francisco. "But it wasn't what I'm looking for to continue playing," he said. Renteria hit .276 in 2010 but made three trips to the disabled list and was limited to 72 games. But his status rose during the World Series, when he hit .412 with two home runs and six RBIs. That output was highlighted by a three-run homer off Texas ace Cliff Lee in Game 5 as the Giants clinched the Series with a 3-1 triumph.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.