Update: It now appears that the Renteria signing was a false report. The latest report is that they are not close to deal.
WFAN in New York and Rotoworld are reporting that the San Francisco Giants and Edgar Renteria have agreed on a two year $18 million dollar contract. As a result, the Tigers will receive draft pick compensation assuming they go through the formality of offering arbitration to the shortstop. Since the Giants finished in the bottom half of the major league standings, the Tigers will receive a sandwich pick at the end of the first round and the Giants second round pick in the First Year Player Draft. This will give the Tigers a chance to bolster their farm system and try to make amends for the ill fated swap of Jair Jurrjens and Gorkys Hernandez to the Braves last year.
In other news, Ian takes a look at a possible trade involving the Tigers, JackWilson of the Pirates and Matt Treanor of the Marlins. Jon Morosi confirms that the Tigers have interest in Wilson. Wilson is owed $7.25 million in 2009 and 8.4 (or a $600,000 buy out) in 2010. Wilson is an above average fielder by any reasonable measure but has a lifetime batting average of .269/.312/.375. I think he's worth pursuing if the Pirates are looking to shed his salary but the Tigers should not give up any of their top prospects to get him. The Pirates are saying they would like a young shortstop in return which brings Danny Worth to mind. Treanor is just a run of the mill backup catcher so I can't imagine why the Tigers would go out of their way to acquire him.