Found January 28, 2013 on
Fox Sports Midwest:
New York Mets
St. Louis Cardinals
Courtesy: Cardinals Media Relations
ST. LOUIS, Mo The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have agreed to terms with free-agent infielder Ronny Cedeno on a one-year contract for the 2013 season. The Cardinals also announced that they have invited 16 non-roster players to Major League Spring Training Camp, including outfielder Oscar Taveras and right-handed pitcher Seth Maness (pronounced May-niss), their 2012 Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.
The Cardinals also have named Bengie Molina, the older brother of All-Star catcher Yadier Molina, as the ball clubs new Assistant Hitting Coach, teaming with Hitting Coach John Mabry.
Cedeno, 29, is a veteran of eight seasons in the majors, debuting with the Chicago Cubs in 2005. The right-handed hitting Cedeno gives the Cardinals added veteran depth on the infield, where he has posted a .974 fielding pct. at shortstop since 2010, ranking 4th in the National League. Cedeno batted .259 with 4 home runs and 22 RBI in 78 games for the New York Mets last season, making appearances at short, second base and third base. A career .303 (27-for-89) hitter at Busch Stadium, Cedeno served as the Pittsburgh Pirates regular shortstop in 2010 and 2011. To make room for Cedeno on the teams 40-man roster, the Cardinals have designated left-handed pitcher Barret Browning for assignment.
Joining Taveras and Maness among the non-roster invitees are 11 additional players who were developed within the Cardinals farm system, which recently was rated tops in baseball by Baseball America. Pitching prospects Carlos Martinez and 2012 first round draft pick Michael Wacha will be joined by 2011 first round pick, infielder Kolten Wong. Catchers Rob Johnson and J.R. Towles join outfielder Justin Christian among the invitees with past Major League experience.
Cardinals pitchers and catchers report to Jupiter, Fla. on Monday, February 11 and hold their first workout on Tuesday, February 12. The Cardinals full squad reports on Thursday, February 14 and conducts its first workout on Friday, February 15, followed by their opening Grapefruit League contest on Saturday, February 23 against the Miami Marlins.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
The St. Louis Cardinals added to their infield depth on Monday, reaching agreement with free agent Ronny Cedeno on a one-year, $1.15 million contract.
The deal also includes $850,000 in performance bonuses, bringing the maximum value to $2 million, according to a major league source.
Cedeno, who turns 30 on Feb. 2, likely will compete with Daniel Descalso and Ryan Jackson at second...
The St. Louis Cardinals have added veteran infielder Ronny Cedeno. Cedeno, who will turn 30 in a few days, spent last season with the New York Mets.
In St. Louis, Cedeno will occupy a bench spot. His addition will provide insurance in the event that Rafael Furcal suffers another injury. Furcal appeared in 121 games last season for the Cardinals, his most since 2009.
With the Mets...
OK, obviously that title is tongue-in-cheek, but have the Cardinals really resorted to this? Ronny Cedeno? Is that the best they can do?
Despite all the concerns the Cardinals have about their shortstop position, signing Ronny Cedeno to a $1.15 million contract is not the answer. He may be a decent fielder and has some versatility, with the ability to play second and third...
A thought-provoking article series ran recently at ESPN. The subject is windows of contention for each of the 30 major league teams. In other words, when will each club be in its best position to win the World Series – now or later on?
Factors that went into the assessments are “current talent, age of roster, farm system and payroll, as well as free agents who figure to be available...
As spring training continues to inch closer and closer, the excitement of St. Louis Cardinals fans will continue to build as the Cardinals look to improve upon their 2012 performance under first year manager Mike Matheny. Spring training also gives fans a chance to see some of the organization's best prospects.
Two weeks ago, we started to publish our ranking of the best prospects...
For St. Louis Cardinals fans, this has been one of the most uninteresting offseasons of all time. Names such as Randy Choate do not generate much excitement. And neither do names such as Ronny Cedeno and Ty Wiggington!
One explanation is simple: roster depth. But the Cardinals farm system is now ranked #1… Is there not enough depth in the farm to avoid signing players like this...
The St. Louis Cardinals have invited 16 non-roster players to their 2013 major league spring training camp.
Infielder Ronny Cedeno has agreed to a $1.15 million, one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Cedeno can earn an additional $850,000 in performance bonuses under Monday's deal: $170,000 each for 200, 250, 300, 250 and 400 plate appearances.
The 29-year-old .259 with four homers and 22 RBIs last year for the New York Mets. An eight-year big league veteran, he has a ...
The St. Louis Cardinals added shortstop depth in Ronny Cedeno and cut left-handed relief pitcher Barret Browning from the 40-man roster.
The St. Louis Cardinals are heading into the 2013 season relying on Rafael Furcal to remain healthy all season. General manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny pushed all of their chips to the middle of the table, betting that Furcal's elbow is healthy enough after rehab alone, hoping that he can be the Cardinals' everyday starting shortstop.
The Cardinals did very...
Earlier today, John Sickels released his farm system rankings and had the Pittsburgh Pirates fifth overall. He also had the St. Louis Cardinals first overall. The Cardinals seem to be the consensus top farm system this year. I haven’t received my Baseball America 2013 Prospect Handbook yet, but I’ve already seen that the Cardinals ranked first in their preliminary rankings.
The St. Louis Cardinals president and general manager answer fan questions at Winter Warm-Up.
The 2013 United Cardinal Bloggers Annual is now available for purchase @ Amazon: LINK HERE
One of these years, we're going to get something published, but alas, the last thing that got cut before it went to (e) print was Bachlorette posts. Fingers crossed for 2014.
The foreward by Will Leitch (who happens to have an oral history in AdWeek today LINK HERE)