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Braves Trade Renteria To Tigers For Prospects

Can somebody please explain to me why Edgar Renteria keeps getting traded? After hitting .332 in the season that just came to an end for the Atlanta Braves the shortstop who is a 12 year veteran of the Major Leagues was traded on Monday to the Detroit Tigers. In return Atlanta gets Jair Jurrjens a right handed pitcher who after spending most of the year in the minors finished the year with the Tigers. They also get Gorkys Hernandez an outfielder who played at the Single A level last year. Renteria who is also a slick fielding shortstop has gone from ST. Louis in 2004, Boston in 2005, who then traded him to the Braves where he played for the last two seasons. Renteria says he is happy to be reunited with Tigers manager Jim Leyland who was his manager in 1997 when they both won World Series rings with Florida. I realize that Atlanta is hot on prospect Yunel Escobar who they see as a less expensive alternative to the veteran who may have a huge upside. Still to give up a proven commodity like Renteria does not make sense to this observer. Detroit will move former shortstop Carlos Guillen to first base which will be less stressful on his balky knees.
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