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Cards sign Ronny Cedeno to add infield depth

5:54 PM, Jan 28, 2013   |    comments
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New York Mets shortstop Ronny Cedeno (13) looks on from the dugout during the fist inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. The Mets won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
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  • (KSDK Sports)  -- The Cardinals have made a move to add some infield depth and another option at the shortstop position, signing free agent infielder Ronny Cedeno on a one-year contract for the 2013 season, worth a reported 1-point-15 million.

    Ronny Cedeno's "nick-name" isn't "All-State" but, he will provide the Cardinals with some insurance at shortstop.  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 team's 40-man roster, the Cardinals have designated left-handed pitcher Barret Browning for assignment.

     

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