Tigers Snag Renteria to Begin Offseason

For the second straight offseason, the Tigers got the offseason started with a bang, making the first big move in baseball. Last season it was acquriing Gary Sheffield from the Yankees. On Monday, the Tigers acquired shortstop Edgar Renteria from the Atlanta Braves for minor leagues Jair Jurrjens and Gorkys Hernandez.

Heading into the offseason, the Tigers had already announced their intention to move Carlos Guillen, which meant the Tigers had to find a replacement at shortstop.

On Monday, the Tigers found their man, acquiring shortstop Edgar Renteria from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens and outfielder Gorkys Hernandez.

Last season, Renteria hit .332 for the Braves while playing as the team's everyday shortstop. He also had 30 doubles and 12 home runs. Renteria is under contract through 2008, with a club option for 2009 at $11 million.

Jurrjens, 21, made his big league debut in 2007, making seven starts while posting a 3-1 record and a 4.70 ERA. Jurrjens was expected to compete for a spot in the Tigers' rotation in the spring.

Hernandez, 20, finished his first full season with the West Michigan Whitecaps. For the year, he hit .293 with 25 doubles and 54 stolen bases.

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