On Friday, CBS’ Jon Heyman reported the St. Louis Cardinals are among a group of teams interested in free agent shortstop/second baseman Ronny Cedeno.
The Venezuelan, who turns 30 years of age in two weeks, first came up with the Chicago Cubs in 2005. In 2009, Cedeno was traded to Seattle then Pittsburgh. Replacing fan favorite Jack Wilson, he remained a Pirate, starting at shortstop before moving to the New York Mets last season.
Cedeno has a history of nagging injuries as well with periods of strong defensive play and encouraging offense followed by maddening mental lapses. Streakiness, inconsistency and resulting frustration seem to dog him like a bad cold.
In 2010, Cedeno suffered through hand, lower back, wrist and shoulder injuries. The free swinger struck out 106 times in 468 at-bats with Pittsburgh.
Despite an on-base percentage of .293 in 2010, the Pirates decided to keep him for 2011. They paid him a base of $1.85 million plus incentives with a $3 million club option for...