Braves' trade Renteria to Detroit

By: associated press
By: associated press

DETROIT (AP) -- The Braves today traded All-Star shortstop Edgar
Renteria to the Detroit Tigers for two prospects.

Renteria batted .332 in 124 games with the Braves this year, finishing with 12 homers and 57 RBIs. Detroit went into the offseason needing to add a shortstop after deciding to shift Carlos Guillen to first base.

The Tigers gave up right-hander Jair Jurrjens, who showed signs of promise last season, and minor league outfielder Gorkys Hernandez.

Renteria ended a thrilling World Series Game 7 in 1997. His hit with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning gave Florida its first World Series championship with a 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians.

Manager Jim Leyland -- who also led that Marlins squad -- said the Tigers are "thrilled to death" to add Renteria.

The Braves were willing to part with Renteria because they have shortstop Yunel Escobar, who turns 25 later this week.

In exchange for the 32-year-old Renteria, Atlanta added a candidate for its starting rotation and a possible outfielder for the future.

Jurrjens started seven games in Detroit last year and was 3-1 with a 4.70 ERA. He was 7-5 with a 3.20 ERA in 19 starts for Double-A Erie.

Hernandez hit .293 with four homers, 50 RBIs and stole 54 bases in 124 games at Class-A West Michigan last season.


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