Monday, October 29, 2007
The Braves had traded shortstop Edgar Renteria to the Tigers for pitcher Jair Jurrjens and outfielder Gorkys Hernandez. The Tigers plan to move Carlos Guillen to first base and with that opening, fill that whole with an All-Star. "We are excited to add an all-star caliber shortstop in Edgar Renteria to the Tigers organization," Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski said. "Edgar is a quality player, proven winner and tremendous leader that solidifies our infield." Renteria had a great year for the Braves batting .332 with 12 HR and 57 RBI. With the trade, it opens the spot for Yunel Escobar to take over everyday, and it gives them a good, young starter to take a spot in the bottom part of the lineup. I am a little surprised that they traded Jurrjens, who was considered their fourth best prospect, and I think he will go on to put up pretty good numbers in the NL. Also, Renteria did struggle with the Red Sox in 2005 hitting and fielding, so hopefully he can handle the move better. When it is all said an done however, the Tigers got what they wanted and the Braves got what they wanted.