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Braves Acquire Shortstop Edgar Renteria From Red Sox
Infielder Andy Marte sent to Boston

        DALLAS, Texas - 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.

RENTERIA'S MAJOR LEAGUE STATISTICS

YEAR TEAM LG    G    AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR  RBI   BB   SO   AVG   OBP   SLG

1996 Fla  NL  106   431   68  133  18   3   5   31   33   68  .309  .358  .399

1997 Fla  NL  154   617   90  171  21   3   4   52   45  108  .277  .327  .340

1998 Fla  NL  133   517   79  146  18   2   3   31   48   78  .282  .347  .342

1999 StL  NL  154   585   92  161  36   2  11   63   53   82  .275  .334  .400

2000 StL  NL  150   562   94  156  32   1  16   76   63   77  .278  .346  .423

2001 StL  NL  141   493   54  128  19   3  10   57   39   73  .260  .314  .371

2002 StL  NL  152   544   77  166  36   2  11   83   49   57  .305  .364  .439

2003 StL  NL  157   587   96  194  47   1  13  100   65   54  .330  .394  .480

2004 StL  NL  149   586   84  168  37   0  10   72   39   78  .287  .327  .401

2005 Bos  AL  153   623  100  172  36   4   8   70   55  100  .276  .335  .385

TOTALS   1449  5545  834 1595 300  21  91  635  489  775  .288  .345  .399