10/29/2007 4:36 PM ET
Tigers acquire Edgar Renteria from Atlanta Braves
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers announced today that the club has acquired shortstop Edgar Renteria from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jair Jurrjens and outfielder Gorkys Hernandez.
"We are excited to add an all-star caliber shortstop in Edgar Renteria to the Tigers organization," Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski said. "Edgar is a quality player, proven winner and tremendous leader that solidifies our infield."
Renteria batted .332 (164-for-494) in 124 games with the Braves in 2007, scoring 87 runs and collecting 30 doubles, 12 home runs and 57 RBIs. He tied for third in the National League with a .332 batting average.
A veteran of 12 seasons at the Major League level with the Florida Marlins (1996-98), St. Louis Cardinals (1999-2004), Boston Red Sox (2005) and Braves (2006-07), Renteria has compiled a .291 batting average (1934-for-6637) in 1,722 games during his career. He has scored 1,021 runs during his Major League career, while he has collected 370 doubles, 24 triples, 117 home runs, 762 RBIs and 274 stolen bases.
"Edgar is a premier Major League player that is a great fit for our club," Tigers Manager Jim Leyland said. "I have a great history with him and I'm looking forward to being reunited with him."
Renteria has been named to the National League's All-Star squad five times during his career (1998, 2000, 2003-04, 2006). Additionally, he has won the Silver Slugger Award for National League shortstops three times (2000, 2002-03) and the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for NL shortstops twice (2002-03).
Jurrjens started seven games for the Tigers in 2007, compiling a 3-1 record and 4.70 ERA (30.2IP/16ER). In 19 starts with Double-A Erie last season, Jurrjens finished 7-5 with a 3.20 ERA (112.2IP/40ER).
Hernandez spent the entire 2007 season with Class A West Michigan and he batted .293 (141-for-481) with 84 runs scored, 25 doubles, five triples, four home runs, 50 RBIs and 54 stolen bases in 124 games.