Originally written January 29, 2013 on Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land:
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 as well as short, but he has a career OPS of .647.  If he gets over 250 at bats for the Cards this season, they are in trouble.   I would rather the Cardinals give Ryan Jackson a shot as Rafael Furcal's backup.  Jackson is generally regarded as a good defensive shortstop.  He may not hit much better than Cedeno, but at least he comes at a lower price. Its obvious that the Cardinals are not looking for a long-term answer to their shortstop position this year.  But, they certainly need to address it before the 2014 season.
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