I still wouldn’t give up Andy Marte for Renteria, but he had a good year, offensively at any rate, rebounding from two successive years of decline. On the other hand, it was a year of decline for Renteria, who started out great but finished poorly. As late as July 28, he was hitting .321/.398/.473; he finished at .293/.361/.436, and August (in which he didn’t hit a single homer) and September were by far his worst months. This is what happens when your only backup shortstop is L’il Tony Pena, I guess.
Still, a nice year, and it would be nice if we had an actual backup shortstop to keep Renteria rested. Failing that, it would be a good idea to keep L’il Tony or someone else to come in at the end of games for defense, because Renteria really isn’t an acceptable shortstop any more. He’s reliable enough, but his range was totally inadequate, as it’s been for most of the last five years. While Renteria more than replaced Furcal’s offense, they really missed him on the defensive side.
Renteria is listed at 31 this season, and is probably actually 30. He has 1770 career hits and a pretty established level of 170-175 hits a year, meaning that he would need about seven seasons, a little more, for 3000. If he could stay in the lineup after he’s recognized as no longer a shortstop he might make it, but he doesn’t have the bat for first, so he’s probably done as a regular in a couple of years unless he can add ten homers or so to last year’s total of 15.