Poor Edgar is another of the Rodney Dangerfields around here. I thought I'd take a quick snapshot of where he is now, not to prove any very definite hypothesis, but just to get some perspective. This uses data through games of Sunday, 23 May (which means, as it is being written, without the Tuesday game).
Here are the major-league shortstops who, for 2010 to date, have an offense value great than Renteria. The measure is the "Total Offensive Productivity" (TOP), which is what an offense made up of nine clones of the man would score (disregarding small-ball plays like SH and SB/CS); if that doesn't float your boat, use the overall-worth measure of your preference--I doubt it'd make any material difference.
Included also are plate appearances (for eyeball SSS evaluation) and each man's career number, so we can see if his 2010 is much of an aberration. This omits men with higher career numbers whose 2010 is below Renteria's level, because I don't have career stats sorted by position (yet). It is sorted by 2010 TOP.
Player Club PA -----TOP----- 2010 career Rollins, Jimmy Phillies 52 1679 760 Castro, Starlin Cubs 66 1244 1244 Ramirez, Hanley Marlins 190 1000 1122 Aviles, Mike Royals 73 989 746 Drew, Stephen Diamondbacks 173 983 769 Tulowitzki, Troy Rockies 181 931 920 Guzman, Cristian Nationals 150 904 623 Lopez, Felipe Cardinals 78 890 722 Furcal, Rafael Dodgers 90 877 772 Andrus, Elvis Rangers 184 869 716 Brignac, Reid Devil Rays 96 866 682 Janish, Paul Reds 31 862 444 Gonzalez, Alex Blue Jays 191 840 590 Wilson, Josh Mariners 65 771 494 Renteria, Edgar Giants 91 768 732
Since electrons are cheap, here is the same list only in career-value (including 2010 to date) order. I removed the meaningless (66 PA career) Castro and all men with career numbers below Renteria's, and hand-added a couple of men (Jeter and Reyes) with career numbers greater than Renteria's but who are struggling in 2010; this may not be all shortstops with better career numbers than his (though I think it is).
Player Club PA -----TOP----- 2010 career Ramirez, Hanley Marlins 190 1000 1122 Jeter, Derek Yankees 206 666 999 Tulowitzki, Troy Rockies 181 931 920 Furcal, Rafael Dodgers 90 877 772 Drew, Stephen Diamondbacks 173 983 769 Reyes, Jose Mets 188 376 763 Rollins, Jimmy Phillies 52 1679 760 Aviles, Mike Royals 73 989 746 Renteria, Edgar Giants 91 768 732
Conclusions seem, to me, to be two: one, Renteria is not Hall-of-Fame material, but holds his own with current shortstops--only three have substantially better career numbers; two, his 2010 has been in line with his career to date--even somewhat better--so it's hard to see him as "washed up" or "over the hill" (though his naggy injuries are a factor).
Don't mistake me: it has been literally decades that I have been saying, quite loud and clear, that no well-constructed team has more than one or two each of position players and pitchers the first digit of whose age exceeds 2. But given that he's here, there's no point in mocking a man with a thoroughly respectable career by no means yet over (unless injury does him in).
(One more thing to do in the afterlife while bearing a flaming sword: meet up with the dickhead who "designed" the software on which boards like this run; if I want tabs instead of spaces, I'll put in tabs.)