In December, Edgar Renteria described a $1 million contract offer from the San Francisco Giants as “a total disrespect,” in an interview with ESPNdeportes.com.
Renteria, the World Series MVP, later signed a one-year, $2.1 million deal with the Cincinnati Reds.
When asked Monday if he still feels disrespected, Renteria said, “No, not really. I don’t feel hurt. They (the Giants) treated me real good.”
Renteria said he signed with Cincinnati because they have a “great team,” with young, hungry players and a good future. He stressed that he has “no hard feelings” for the Giants.
“I understand the game, I understand what’s going on with the business,” Renteria said. “They’re a great organization. Everybody treated me good. They offered that because they think that’s my value. I thought that wasn’t my value. So we didn’t have an agreement. That’s why I didn’t sign with them. But it’s nothing personal. It’s about business.”
The Reds and Giants hold spring training on opposite sides of Phoenix, and Renteria said he’s already seen former San Francisco teammates Andres Torres and Guillermo Mota since reporting to camp.
Renteria said he’s not sure how he will be received by Giants fans when the Reds travel to San Francisco. (“They were good to me, the two years I stayed out there. I had a good time there.”) The better question might be how they respond to fellow postseason hero Juan Uribe — who left to sign with the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
“He did a lot of things for the team the last couple years,” Renteria said. “He got big hits in San Francisco. Maybe the fans will understand why he (went) to the Dodgers. I hope they don’t take it personal. I hope they think about his future, his family’s future. That’s the way I look at everything.
“I hope (he gets) cheers. He was great for the organization, great for the team. … But he’ll be all right if they boo him. He’s not going to know, because they always say, ‘UUUUU-ribe!’”
— Jon Paul Morosi