Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

HE DON'T PRACTICE, RENTERIA

I've been saying it since the spring, and I'll say it again. Edgar Renteria is grossly overpaid. ER had two more errors on Tuesday night, pushing his season total to an embarrassing, and major league leading, 27. That's just two short of his career high, and you heard it here first - he's a lock for a new personal worst. That's not the kind of career high the club was hoping for when they signed him last winter. A career high in batting, or home runs, or RBI would have been nice, but that would have been overly optimistic. The line so far; .279, 7 HR, 61 RBI.

Renteria won't end up with 200 hits and he may not even score 100 runs on the highest run producing team in baseball. Pretty lame as far as I'm concerned. And it's certainly not worth $10 million per season. With those kind of numbers, Manny Ramirez looks like a flat out steal. Renteria's contract will make Johnny D. worth about $15 mil per season when those negotiations conclude. I hope it doesn't turn out to be too rich for the Sox.

I'm sure Edgar tries hard, and he's not a complainer or a cancer in the clubhouse. But really - how can he, or anyone else, justify that contract? They can't - no one reasonably can. The Sox overpaid, and unless they can unload ER's bloated contract, they're into him for another $30 mil over the next three seasons. Ouch.

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