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Renteria may still be an option

The addition of Edgar Renteria to the bench may still be an option for the Cardinals.

According to an report, the former Redbirds infielder is currently weighing offers from St. Louis, San Francisco and Florida.  He's expected to make a decision soon.

Renteria may no longer be in his prime. But I think he could make a world of difference to the Cardinals who are razor thin at second and third base. With David Freese's health a concern, I'd love to see the Birds give themselves the option of plugging in Renteria -- who has soft hands and a strong arm but diminished range -- at third where his remaining skills would fit quite well.

As we saw in the playoffs and World Series, Renteria can still hit. Even if Freese stays healthy and Skip Schumaker improves by leaps and bounds in the field at second, the Cardinals could use Renteria on the bench. The pine is currently stocked with journeyman sorts and prospects. At the very least the club could use a guy who is a threatening pinch hitter late in games.

Because of their needs at second and third, the Redbirds might be Renteria's best option. He knows he'll get plenty of playing time under manager Tony La Russa who likes to keep his bench sharp. Florida doesn't figure to be a contender with the Phillies and Braves blocking the Fish from the playoff picture. Meanwhile, the Giants have added Miguel Tejada to their infield picture this off-season -- although they have offered Renteria a $1 million contract to return.

That $1 million pricetag seems to be about what the Cardinals would be willing to pay. It was what Felipe Lopez earned to do the primary infield reserve job in 2010.