I am not as down on Renteria as some. He was both hit-unlucky and hurt last year and was still a good hitter for a shortstop. He’s yet another guy who doesn’t get on base too well, which isn’t what we need, but I expect he’ll give the Braves above-average offense and defense for the next couple of years. At least this keeps them from having to go through this again next year. Andrus or Escobar should be ready in 2008.
But Andy Marte… Good God. This is a special prospect. His floor is Matt Williams. His ceiling is the Hall of Fame. I mean, he probably won’t make the Hall, but it’s a possibility. The Braves just got fleeced. If Marte’s stock wasn’t as high as we thought, they should have just hung onto him and traded two guys to get Renteria or Lugo.
It’s unclear how much money the Red Sox will pick up. Apparently, Renteria will get $8 million this year and $12 million the next two, the last being an option year, and will pick up some money in 2007 and the buyout cost in 2008, but that isn’t confirmed.