The Philadelphia Phillies have added some veteran depth to their aging infield. They have agreed to a minor-league deal with 30-year old Venezuelan shortstop Ronny Cedeno, who has played for six teams in nine major league seasons.
While the contract is only for the minor league level, it does include an invitation to Spring Training with the club, which begins on February 18th. Cedeno offers some veteran depth in the infield, and primarily plays shortstop, but can fill in at first base and second base as well.
In 868 career games over 9 seasons, Cedeno has owns a .246 lifetime average to go with 40 home runs and 239 RBI. In recent years, he has been used in many platoon and injury replacement situations. He did log 139 games in 2010, but has not amassed full season statistics since early in his career.
Cedeno was drafted by the Chicago Cubs, and spent three seasons there before moving onto the Seattle Mariners. He would later go on to play for the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets, Houston Astros, and San Diego Padres. In 2013, between the Astros and the Padres, Cedeno played in 89 games and hit .242 along with 3 home runs and 21 RBI while drawing 14 walks in 288 plate appearances. He is expected to compete for a back-up spot with a number of younger infielders in Spring Training.
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