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Cardinals release Ronny Cedeno

Mar 19, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT

Ronny Cedeno AP

Not only did the Cardinals choose Pete Kozma over Ronny Cedeno to replace Rafael Furcal as their starting shortstop, they aren’t even keeping Cedeno as a bench player.

Cedeno, who has eight seasons and nearly 2,500 plate appearances of experience, was released today despite signing a one-year, $1.15 million contract in January.

Considering the Cardinals’ need for middle infield help following Furcal’s season-ending elbow surgery and the money they agreed to pay Cedeno less than two months ago they must really, really have thought he looked terrible in camp. And yet he hit .290 with a .791 OPS in 16 spring training games.

Daniel Descalso will likely be the backup middle infielder, opening the door for first baseman Matt Adams to make the team as a bench bat after years of crushing minor-league pitching.

  1. lazlosother - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    I bet he’s picked up right away. There are teams out there that might want some insurance at SS – NY, Boston, LA to name 3.

    • paperlions - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      On a minor league deal, maybe. There is a reason he was available for so little, so late, and that he was willing to sign a non-guaranteed contract.

  2. unclemosesgreen - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Really weird move. Also this has to sting for Cedeno, he must have looked at Furcal’s injury situation as an opportunity. After playing pretty well, he must have been damn near shocked to get cut.

    • paperlions - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      Nah, it was a smart move. Cedeno is horrible. He isn’t average at anything. The Cardinals have two glove-first SS options in AAA that would be far better than Cedeno in the field and can’t possibly be much worse than him at the plate. Cedeno was a waste of a roster spot….now, if they could just find it in their hearts to cut Willingham….

      • mscxvd - Mar 19, 2013 at 6:02 PM


      • paperlions - Mar 19, 2013 at 6:08 PM

        Derp. Yeah, that one.

  3. jwbiii - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    This is about the time of year when severance pay teams owe for players on one year major league deals goes from 30 days to 45 days, so this saves the Cardinals about $95k.

    • paperlions - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      Cedeno’s contract wasn’t guaranteed. This moves saved the Cardinals about $1.15M.

      • jwbiii - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:25 PM

        No one year contract is guaranteed. They do come with termination pay.

        Artice IX – Termination Pay

        B. Spring Training
        A Player whose Contract is terminated by a Club under paragraph
        7(b)(2) of the Uniform Player’s Contract for failure to exhibit suffi-
        cient skill or competitive ability shall be entitled to receive termination
        pay from the Club in an amount equal to thirty (30) days’ payment at
        the rate stipulated in paragraph 2 of his Contract, if the termination
        occurs during spring training but on or before the 16th day prior to the
        start of the championship season. If the termination occurs during
        spring training, but subsequent to the 16th day prior to the start of the
        championship season, the Player’s termination pay shall be in an
        amount equal to forty-five (45) days’ payment at the rate stipulated in
        paragraph 2 of his Contract.

      • paperlions - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:36 PM

        Yes, they will pay him something….but they are saving a lot more than $95K, they are saving closer to $1M.

  4. paperlions - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Also, woo hoo!

    • okwhitefalcon - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      I see your “woo hoo!” and raise you a “giddyup!”

      Now, if they would only “Wig-out” so to speak.

  5. spudchukar - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    This news is curious, but it screams that another deal must be in the works. Descalso can certainly handle the position on a short term basis, but he is too valuable of a defensive replacement and or substitute for Freeze and Carpenter to be the only other option at SS.

    Maybe they are counting on keeping Jackson, but he hasn’t been getting that much attention in Spring Training to warrant that decision. Garcia maybe, but it is hard to see how the Cards’ brass can expect such a young inexperienced guy to be one injury away from full-time duty. The Cards must have something else up their sleeve.

    • paperlions - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      Not for now. I think they plan on playing Kozma most days at SS, and Descalso playing it the rest….with Carpenter playing mostly at 2B and filling in at 3B (which Descalso can also do), with Adams as the backup 1B and Craig as a RF option when they want to get Beltran a day off.

      Cedeno is a disaster. Garcia/Jackson would be a better fill in if it comes to that….and in the meantime you don’t have to waste a roster spot on them.

    • okwhitefalcon - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      I don’t think there’s anything else cooking (yet) at all, Adams has made the team and Descalso moves to supersub.

      Garcia is slated to be the starting SS at Memphis with Wong at 2nd. Ryan Jackson has already been optioned and will serve a utility role there.

      Beyond the infield, it seems as though today’s outing by Shelby Miller very well could’ve won him the 5th starter gig – he was outstanding while Joe Kelly basically stunk.

      • paperlions - Mar 19, 2013 at 6:10 PM

        I didn’t get to see the game….but looking at the box score it looked like Kelly got dinked and dunked to death….lots of ground ball singles. Like I said, didn’t see it, so I don’t know if they were seeing-eye 27 hoppers or laser shots that happened to bounce once in the IF.

        Did you happen to watch any of it?

      • okwhitefalcon - Mar 19, 2013 at 9:57 PM

        I caught a bits and pieces of it.

        Miller looked great – totally in control.

        Kelly looked out of sync, seemed to lack command and wasn’t missing too many bats.

      • redlegs7 - Mar 20, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        So, how long until Wacha comes up to the Bigs?

      • okwhitefalcon - Mar 20, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        I think he’ll definitely get a look in September, possibly before that based on how he does in AAA and if there’s a need in STL.

        They’re definitely excited about him, Cards fans should be as well.

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