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12/01/08 4:40 PM EST
Tigers won't take risk with Renteria
Detroit won't offer arbitration, missing out on compensation
By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com
If and when Edgar Renteria signs a free-agent contract with another club, the Tigers will not be receiving any Draft pick compensation for the loss.
That much was decided Monday, when Detroit declined to offer salary arbitration to Renteria, who is a Type-A free agent, according to the rankings of Elias Sports Bureau.
Had the Tigers offered Renteria arbitration -- and the deadline for doing so was midnight ET on Monday night -- they would have guaranteed themselves two compensation picks in next summer's First-Year Player Draft if he signed with another team. The Tigers would have received one sandwich pick after the first round, and one pick in either the first or second round, depending on the team signing Renteria.
The risk of that scenario, however, is that if Renteria were to accept the Tigers' offer of arbitration, he would return to Detroit on a one-year contract with a salary determined by an arbitrator. Renteria made $9 million last season, so an arbitrator would likely award him nearly that much for '09.
The Tigers don't appear at all interested in Renteria coming back for 2009 after he batted .270 with 10 homers and 55 RBIs in his lone season with them. The club is looking for a defensive upgrade at the shortstop position.
Renteria appears to have commanded plenty of interest on the open market. The Giants were reportedly close to signing him to a two-year deal last week, but that deal was not solidified. It is possible the interest in Renteria will intensify now that the Draft pick compensation issue has been settled.
Renteria was the only Tigers free agent to fall into the compensation category under the list of Type-A and Type-B free agents. Kenny Rogers, Kyle Farnsworth, Freddy Garcia, Casey Fossum and Vance Wilson did not qualify under the rankings and were not offered arbitration Monday.