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12/08/2005 12:47 PM ET
Braves acquire shortstop Edgar Renteria from Red Sox
Infielder Andy Marte sent to Boston
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DALLAS -- The Atlanta Braves announced today that they have acquired four-time All-Star shortstop Edgar Renteria and cash from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for infielder Andy Marte. Renteria is under contract through the 2008 season, with an option for 2009.

A lifetime .288 hitter, Renteria returns to the National League after a one-year stint with the Red Sox. He previously spent six seasons (1999-2004) with the St. Louis Cardinals and three campaigns (1996-98) with the Florida Marlins.

Known as a consummate team player, Renteria has been a part of two N.L. championship clubs - the 1997 world champion Marlins and the 2004 Cardinals. The 10-year veteran has earned the Silver Slugger Award as the NL's top hitting shortstop three times (2000, '02, '03) and is a two-time (2002, '03) Gold Glove winner. Since his first full season in 1997, Renteria ranks second (to the Yankees' Derek Jeter) in hits among shortstops, while also placing second (to Nomar Garciaparra) in doubles, fourth in walks and fifth in RBI.

"We are absolutely thrilled to announce the addition of Edgar Renteria to our club," Braves Executive Vice President and General Manager John Schuerholz said. "He is a proven winner and a tremendous ballplayer."

The Atlanta Braves, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is Major League Baseball's winningest franchise since 1991. Since then, Braves teams have earned a record 14 consecutive division championships, five National League pennants and a World Series title. Based in Atlanta since 1966, the Braves franchise is the longest continuously operating franchise in Major League Baseball. Atlanta Braves games are telecast nationally on TBS and regionally on Turner South; the Braves can be heard locally on 640 GST and 96 Rock in Atlanta and regionally on the Atlanta Braves Radio Network.

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