At the plate, Renterķa has a short stroke and drives the ball with extra-base power to all fields. On the bases, he reads pitchers' moves fine, and he usually gets very well jumps, which accounts for his good steals number. He also is the kind of basetealer who does his thing when it means the most. He is thougher at breaking up double plays. Renterķa has superior range on the field. He has fluid range and soft hands, and equipped with a strong arm and good reactions, he turns the doubleplay with ease.
An amazing transformation has taken place in Renterķa's game over the past three seasons. He's always been one of the best defensive players in either league, but now he has developed into a consistent hitter and one of the best all-around shortstops in the National League.
In 2003, Renterķa became the first shortstop in the league to drive in 100 runs in 18 years and fell just six hits short of being the first NL shortstop in more than 90 years to have 200 hits and 100 RBI in the same season. His .330 BA ranked fourth in the league and he stole34 bases.
In a nine-season career with the Marlins and Cardinals, Renterķa is a .289 hitter with 83 home runs and 565 RBI in 1296 games. A free agent at the end of the 2004 season, he was signed by the Boston Red Sox.
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Categories: 1998 National League All-Stars | 2000 National League All-Stars | 2003 National League All-Stars | 2004 National League All-Stars | Boston Red Sox players | Florida Marlins players | St. Louis Cardinals players | Major league shortstops | Colombian sportspeople | 1975 births
"EdgarRenteria has proven himself to be not only one of the best shortstops in baseball but one of the most complete all-around players in the game," Epstein said yesterday at a long-awaited press conference at Fenway Park.
Renteria appeared headed back to St. Louis, but Lane, who was working the Cardinals while his associate, Barry Meister, dealt with the Red Sox, said the Cardinals had financial issues.
Lane said Renteria was willing to take $5 million to play for the Cardinals next season, but wanted hefty raises in the remaining years of his contract, which the Cardinals wouldn't come up with.
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