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
(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.