Reds sign Edgar Renteria
By Sports Network
Cincinnati, OH - The Cincinnati Reds have signed shortstop and 2010 World Series MVP Edgar Renteria to a one-year contract, the team announced Monday.
"Edgar is a veteran middle infielder who we expect to have a positive influence on our younger players, and he is a proven winner." Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said.
Playing for the Giants, Renteria was named MVP of last year's World Series as San Francisco defeated Texas for its first championship in 56 years.
His three-run home run in Game 5 accounted for all of the Giants' offense in a 3-1 win, which clinched the series. He went 7-for-17 with two home runs and six RBI in the Fall Classic.
In the regular season, he appeared in a career-low 72 games and batted .276 with three home runs and 22 RBI.
Over his 15-year career, Renteria has batted .287 with 135 home runs and 887 RBI over 2,056 games with Florida, St. Louis, Boston, Atlanta, Detroit and San Francisco.
The team also announced they signed outfielder Fred Lewis to a one-year deal. Lewis, who spent all of last season with the Blue Jays, batted .262 with eight homers and 36 RBI in 110 games.
"Fred gives us a left-handed bat capable of playing all three outfield positions, with speed and a lot of experience leading off," Jocketty said.
In five season, Lewis is a .272 career hitter with 117 RBI and 24 home runs for Toronto and San Francisco.