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Cardinals sign Ronny Cedeno to one-year contract

Jan 28, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

Ronny Cedeno AP

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of says it’s a done deal, with Cedeno getting $1.15 million plus $850,000 in potential incentives.


Ronny Cedeno “appears headed” to the Cardinals, per Jon Heyman of

Cedeno spent last season as the Mets’ utility man, hitting .259 with a .741 OPS in 78 games split between shortstop and second base.

Last season was the first time Cedeno has topped a .700 OPS and it came in just 186 plate appearances, but he’s a solid defender with about as much bat as you’d expect from a backup middle infielder.

  1. paperlions - Jan 28, 2013 at 3:46 PM


    • blues1988 - Jan 28, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      yeah because ryan jackson and pete kozma are much better choices for back ups.i have much more faith in cedeno than those 2….

      • stlsportsfan84 - Jan 28, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        The problem comes that those guys are about the same as Cedeno and dont require having to open up/use a spot on the 40 man. This signing and Wiggington are both pretty weak, replacement level older players that take up 40 man roster spots are not in demand or needed on this team.

      • paperlions - Jan 28, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        Why? Cedeno is an average defender that can’t hit. He has no upside, if he plays his best, he’s exact as bad as the guys you’ve already got. They already have Pete Kozma, why sign another one?

        Jackson is probably better. He can’t hit either, but he’s a better defender than Cedeno or Kozma.

      • okwhitefalcon - Jan 28, 2013 at 6:47 PM

        Barrett Browning has been DFA’d to make room for Cedeno.

        They apparently (obviously) have zero trust in Kozma and Jackson on any more than an emergency basis.

        Jackson’s short term fate appeared to be sealed in September when they chose to go with Kozma down the stretch even though Jackson was called up before Koz and Koz had spent most of the season in AAA playing 2nd base.

        It seems Mo and Co have done the “wait and see” approach (again…) as they did with the likes of Choate and Wiggington.

        Not exactly the off season of dreams.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Jan 28, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    I always think he’s old as hell because I confuse him with Roger Cedeno.

    In addition to the similarity of their name I also confuse them because of their comparatively awfulness at baseball.

    I bet baseball teams do the same thing and that is why he has a hard time finding work.

    • redbirdfan81 - Jan 28, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      That’s Cesar Cedeno! LOL He’s really, REALLY old. Yes, this is a waste of a spot on the 25/40 man roster. Let our younger, CHEAPER alternatives give it a go.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jan 28, 2013 at 4:31 PM

        No one would confuse ANY of the Cedeno’s who have played in the major leagues with Cesar.

        Cesar is the only one who could hit (look it up).

  3. braddavery - Jan 28, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Cedeno has to be one of THE worst and most USELESS players in MLB. How this guy gets MLB gigs is fascinating to me.

    • jerze2387 - Jan 28, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      seems like theres a TON of useless middle infielders hanging around though. The depth at 2B/SS is the thin across the whole league

  4. stlouis1baseball - Jan 29, 2013 at 10:16 AM


  5. umrguy42 - Jan 29, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    At least it’s only for 1 year. And relatively cheap.

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