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Clearing up Renteria's option

Originally, it was an $11 million option for 2009. However, Renteria’s All-Star selection in 2006 triggered a bonus that made it a $12 million option. The buyout remained the same at $3 million, which I guess is all that matters at this point. It’s academic, I know, but I wanted to clear up any confusion since a couple different totals are being listed out there.

Tigers, Renteria set to move on

As agents go, Barry Meister has a very good sense of humor. He can lose a call to a reporter on his cell phone, call back the reporter, then say he meant to hang up on him.

Also as agents go, Meister figures to have a lot of phone calls this winter, because he has more than a few clients on the market. He has not, however, heard from the Tigers just yet.

Among his players, Meister represents soon-to-be free agents Edgar Renteria and Kyle Farnsworth. The Tigers decided by season’s end, of course, that they would decline Renteria’s option and let him hit the open market. However, president/general manager Dave Dombrowski left the door open a crack to bring him back at a lower salary than the $12 million he was set to earn. It’s becoming clearer, though, that Detroit is going to scour the market.

Renteria and Meister are preparing for the open market as well.

“I think Edgar’s going to kind of point himself in a different direction,” Meister said.

The Tigers retain exclusive negotiating rights with Renteria until a couple weeks after the World Series ends.

Meister also represents Kyle Farnsworth, whose late-season stint with Detroit did not go well for either side. For what it’s worth, though, Meister said Farnsworth would be willing to return if the Tigers want him back.

“He likes it there,” Meister said. “He thinks [manager Jim] Leyland’s a really good guy. He felt  the clubhouse was good.”

Again, there’s no indication the Tigers plan to re-sign him. But on the relief market, there’s more demand than supply.

The Tigers could still end up calling Meister on the relief front, though, because Meister represents closer Brandon Lyon. He’s set to become a free agent unless the Diamondbacks move to re-sign him. And in a market where Francisco Rodriguez and Brian Fuentes are expected to be in high demand, Lyon is in the next tier. That’s a conversation that can’t really take place until Lyon files for free agency once the World Series ends.

Lyon’s second-half numbers were alarming — an 8.46 ERA, a .976 OPS from opponents, and just seven out of his 26 saves for the year. He saved just two games after August 1 as Chad Qualls took over the closer’s role in Arizona. On the other hand, he was very effective in the first half (2.43 ERA, 19 saves, .658 OPS). Teams are going to have to figure out whether that was a sign of Lyon wearing out in the role or a product of a heavy first-half workload.

Renteria

He left the game after aggravating his left hammy, the same injury that sidelined him before the break. You could see him struggling to get down the line on that double-play ball in the top of the eighth, even a little bit on that second-inning double. It wasn’t any particular play that tweaked it, he said, but it simply got worse as the game went on. He hopes to be available tomorrow, but we’ll see. If he’s still feeling it after resting for a week, that isn’t promising.

Quote of the night was Jones on his off-balance throw to first in the ninth: “That might be the luckiest, best play I ever made.”

Renteria out, Larish in

OK, it’s not a straight switch, but it’s the highlights of the lineup today. Leyland said he expects Renteria back on Friday after strained his left hammy Wednesday night. Larish, meanwhile, gets the start at first base, giving Miguel Cabrera and his sore left hip flexor a day at DH.

TIGERS (46-44)

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Guillen, 3B
  4. Cabrera, DH
  5. Joyce, RF
  6. Thames, LF
  7. Larish, 1B
  8. Rodriguez, C
  9. Santiago, SS

TWINS (50-41)

  1. Carlos Gomez, CF
  2. Alexei Casilla, 2B
  3. Mike Redmond, C
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Craig Monroe, DH
  6. Delmon Young, LF
  7. Brendan Harris, 3B
  8. Nick Punto, SS
  9. Denard Span, RF

 

Renteria

He left with what the team is calling a mild strain of his left hamstring. He's day-to-day.

About that Renteria sitting thing …

Forget it. Turns out he’s in the lineup tonight after all, and Hollimon is sitting. Leyland said after Friday’s game that he would probably play Hollimon, but having the knuckleballer on the mound might have given him some second thoughts. When asked Saturday how much of a factor the pitcher played in the lineup, Leyland pointed to the splits: Opponents are batting .196 against him from the left side and .364 hitting right-handed. That said, Curtis Granderson is leading off.

TIGERS (43-43)

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Guillen, 3B
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Thames, LF
  6. Sheffield, DH
  7. Joyce, RF
  8. Renteria, SS
  9. Sardinha, C

MARINERS (34-52)

  1. Ichiro, RF
  2. Jose Lopez, 2B
  3. Raul Ibanez, LF
  4. Jose Vidro, DH
  5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
  6. Jeremy Reed, CF
  7. Richie Sexson, 1B
  8. Jeff Clement, C
  9. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS

Out of the frying pan …

EggPan.jpgIt’s a cloudless day in Phoenix, and the roof is closed. It’s that hot — mid-90s already and headed above 100. So they’re playing indoor baseball today. But hey, it’s a dry heat, right?

After looking at Gary Sheffield’s stats against Randy Johnson (6-for-39, 1 HR, 7 BB, 10 K’s), Jim Leyland thought better of starting him today. He’ll have had three days off by the time the Tigers are back in action Tuesday against Seattle, but Leyland plans on DHing him all three games there. Granderson’s off, too. This is not the lefty the Tigers want him to try to hit, especially the way he’s been going the last couple weeks.

The other interesting thing is Renteria batting third. He hasn’t done that at all this season, but he did a little of that the previous couple seasons in Atlanta. Interestingly, he’s hit in all nine lineup spots in his career, though his 21 plate appearances in the nine spot came as a pinch-hitter.

So it’s:

  1. Rodriguez, C
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Renteria, SS
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Thames, LF
  7. Raburn, CF
  8. Inge, 3B
  9. Robertson, P

For Arizona:

  1. Chris Young, CF
  2. Stephen Drew, SS
  3. Justin Upton, RF
  4. Conor Jackson, 1B
  5. Eric Byrnes, LF
  6. Mark Reynolds, 3B
  7. Chris Burke, 2B
  8. Miguel Montero, C
  9. Randy Johnson, P

Wrapping up postgame issues

Pudge said he decided to let the ball drop after he didn’t see Orlando Hudson running down the first-base line. Had he seen Hudson pass him, he said, he would’ve caught the ball. Both Leyland and Rodriguez said it was a risk, partly because it was somewhat close to foul territory and they could’ve given away an out, but it was a heady play.

The socks-up look was apparently Edgar Renteria’s idea. He went around to players and suggested that they do it, according to a couple different players.

You probably know this by now, but that’s their first win this season when scoring less than five runs in a game. Last time was last Sept. 15 in a 4-3 win at Minnesota over Johan Santana and the Twins.

Renteria on foul ball

“I have to call for that,” Renteria said, “because I think I have the better angle. It was my fault, because I should have called for that ball.”

Guillen said he heard something, but he didn’t know if it was Renteria or not.

Leyland called it a fundamental play. “As soon as somebody told me it wasn’t called, I had flashbacks to Tigertown and the pop-up drill. Call three times: ‘I got it. I got it. I got it.’ That’s what we worked on. Now if somebody would’ve called it and dropped it, that’s part of the game. But the fact that we didn’t call it, somebody didn’t take charge and call it, that’s not acceptable.”

Players hold pregame meeting

It’s very odd for players to meet prior to a day game after a night game (at least around the Tigers clubhouse, it is), but apparently it was a spur of the moment decision on the players’ part to bring everybody together as soon as the players on the later bus arrived at the park. There weren’t many details afterwards, but one player said the focus was to get guys to relax a little and do what they’re capable of instead of trying to be a superhero out there. It did not appear to be a tense meeting by any stretch, because the players were very loose and in a pretty good mood when the clubhouse opened up afterwards. But these guys have done a pretty good job of not carrying the previous day’s frustrations into the next day.

A couple lineup switches for the day game after the night game, but Leyland said those were more about getting Ramon Santiago and Brandon Inge a day in the lineup than giving Ivan Rodriguez and Edgar Renteria a day off. After all, they had back-to-back days off Sunday and Monday.

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Guillen, 3B
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Sheffield, DH
  7. Joyce, LF
  8. Inge, C
  9. Santiago, SS

The Royals give Alex Gordon, David DeJesus, Mark Grudzielanek and John Buck the day off, but Jose Guillen is still in there. Keep an eye on Alberto Callaspo, who made his name as a very exciting player on Miguel Cabrera’s winter ball team and in the Caribbean Series:

  1. Joey Gathright, CF
  2. Esteban German,3B
  3. Billy Butler, 1B
  4. Jose Guillen, DH
  5. Miguel Olivo, C
  6. Mark Teahen, RF
  7. Alberto Callaspo, 2B
  8. Ross Gload, LF
  9. T.J. Pena, SS

As a footnote, Jacque Jones passed through waivers and was released this afternoon. He’s now a free agent who can sign with any team he chooses who wants him, including the Florida Marlins.

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