Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/15/14
The St. Louis Cardinals, hoping to improve their infield depth, especially at shortstop, signed once-promising infielder Ronny Cedeno to a one-year, $1.15 million contract. Cedeno, 30, is an eight-season veteran who batted .259 in part-time duty with the New York Mets last season. He also has played with the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates and Seattle Mariners. To make room for Cedeno, a .247 lifetime hitter, on the 40-man winter roster, the Cardinals designated left-hander Barret Browning for assignment. The 28-year-old reliever went 1-3 with a 5.12 ERA in 22 games with St. Louis last season. Cedeno is a career .303 hitter (27-for-89) at Busch Stadium, but general manager John Mozeliak said he envisioned Cedeno not as a regular but as "protection" in case Rafael Furcal's right elbow becomes a problem. Furcal suffered a torn elbow ligament Aug. 30. The move does not mean that Pete Kozma, who exceeded expectations as a rookie in September and October, will be forced out of t...
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