Shortstop passes physical, signs contract

Updated: December 17, 2004, 9:30 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Edgar Renteria's first choice was to remain in St. Louis, until the Boston Red Sox gave him an offer too good to turn down.

And losing ace pitcher Pedro Martinez may have given them the means to seal the four-year, $40 million deal for the All-Star shortstop who made the last out for St. Louis in Boston's World Series sweep of the Cardinals.

"I'm not so sure the Edgar Renteria signing, for example, would have been possible if we had signed Pedro Martinez," Red Sox general ...

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