Giants decline option on Series hero Renteria

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, Last Updated: 11:17 PM ET

San Francisco - The San Francisco Giants have declined the 2011 contract option on shortstop Edgar Renteria, the Most Valuable Player in their World Series victory over the Texas Rangers.

Renteria was scheduled to make $10.5 million in the last of a two-year, $18.5 million dollar he signed before the 2009 season. He'll instead receive a $500,000 buyout and become a free agent.

He finished the World Series with seven hits in 17 at-bats with a pair of long balls, six runs batted in and six runs scored, including the game-deciding three-run home run in Game 5 that clinched the Giants' first World Series title since 1954, four years before they moved west.

The 35-year-old Colombian played in a career-low 72 games this past season and hit .276 with three home runs and 22 runs batted in. He was hampered by groin, hamstring and biceps injuries that landed him on the disabled list on three separate occasions.

Renteria is a five-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner during a 15- year career with Florida, St. Louis, Boston, Detroit and Atlanta in addition to his time in San Francisco.

He is a .287 lifetime hitter with 135 homers, 887 RBI and 290 stolen bases.


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