02/18/11 3:39 PM EST
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By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Renteria arrives, excited to be with Reds
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- One of the very few offseason acquisitions the Reds made over the winter, shortstop Edgar Renteria, made his first appearance in camp on Friday morning. The full squad isn't required to report until Saturday.Renteria, the 2010 World Series Most Valuable Player with the Giants, signed a one-year, $2.1 million contract with Cincinnati. "It's a great chance to get into the playoffs," Renteria said. "What I see right here on this team is they have a lot of future. They want to compete. That's why I came here." The 35-year-old Renteria, who was added to be a backup to incumbent shortstop Paul Janish, did not get to enjoy his offseason buzz of being a World Series winner as much as others. He was scrambling to find a new team. "It's kind of hard, but that's the job," Renteria said. "You have to be ready for the situation. You're not always going to be on top." And for the first time in his life, Renteria might not always be a shortstop while with the Reds. Save for one inning at first base, he has played all 2,028 games of his 15-year Major League career at shortstop. There are possibilities that Renteria could see some time at second base or third base, although Reds manager Dusty Baker indicated that he would work him out mostly at his natural position in the beginning. "I have to see him at shortstop first," Baker said. "I have to talk to him first. I don't think I've ever seen him play second base. It's a totally different thing when you have to have your back to the guy coming in vs. all those years you could see him coming. I could tell he's been working out. He looked very strong." The Reds have Miguel Cairo, and possibly Juan Francisco, to play third base behind regular Scott Rolen. Baker likes having a natural shortstop on the bench for defense but lacks a real backup for Brandon Phillips. "I took a lot of ground balls last year at second base, just in case," Renteria said. "You guys know my position is shortstop, but I will play whatever the skipper wants me to play." Renteria was limited to 72 games last season with the Giants in part because of three trips to the disabled list for injuries to his groin, hamstring and biceps. He batted .276 with three home runs, 22 RBIs and a .332 on-base percentage in 2010. "I just worked out in Miami and Colombia and tried to be in shape," Renteria said. "Because when you get older, you have to work a little harder. If you're in shape, you have a chance to do a lot of things."
Second baseman Brandon Phillips made his first appearance in Reds camp on Friday and worked out. Only Scott Rolen, Joey Votto and Miguel Cairo have yet to arrive from the 54-man spring roster.If and when Edgar Renteria plays shortstop for the Reds this season, he will become Phillips' 19th different double-play partner since he joined the team in 2006. The other 18 shortstops Cincinnati has employed were Orlando Cabrera, Cairo, Paul Janish, Drew Sutton, Chris Valaika, Alex Gonzalez, Jerry Hairston Jr., Adam Rosales, Jolbert Cabrera, Juan Castro, Jeff Keppinger, Danny Richar, Enrique Cruz, Pedro Lopez, Rich Aurilia, Royce Clayton, Felipe Lopez and Ray Olmedo.