Keith Law has some good things to say about the Renteria signing and also some good things to say about the Giants offseason in general.
The point worth emphasizing here is the complete change in operating philosophy for the Giants over the past 12 months. GM Brian Sabean and his staff appear committed to a rebuilding project, and are working to fit short-term contention (or at least respectability) into the rebuilding plan, rather than following the old plan of deliberately giving away draft picks and fielding the oldest team permitted under American labor laws.
He also makes a good point about Burriss (listen up the 3-5 of you who insist on using his .357 OBP as evidence that he is somehow a useful offensive player) that his OBP was inflated by hitting in the 8th spot so much of last year, where he would be pitched around to get to the pitcher. Honestly, I hadn't really thought of this before, but upon examination of Burrisss's splits, he is exactly right:
At bats in the 8th spot: 11 walks in 106 PAs (1 walk every 9.6 PAs)
At bats in other spots: 12 walks in 157 PAs (1 walk every 13 PAs)