Pirates sign Cedeno to one-year deal

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Ronny Cedeno.jpgRonny Cedeno avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Pirates, reports Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Cedeno made $822,500 last season.



Cedeno, who turns 27 in February,
batted .208/.256/.337 with 10 home runs and 38 RBI in 341 at-bats
between the Mariners and Pirates in ’09. It isn’t saying much, but he
was markedly better after coming over in the Jack Wilson trade in July,
batting .258/.307/.394. Still, he has a pretty sad
career line of .240/.280/.346 through 1,353 plate appearances in the
majors.




Just because Cedeno signed a new
deal doesn’t mean he’s guaranteed the everyday shortstop job in
Pittsburgh. The recent signing of Bobby Crosby is a pretty clear indication
that the Pirates aren’t completely sold on him.

Angels acquire Jabari Blash from the Yankees

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The Yankees announced on Wednesday that the club traded outfielder Jabari Blash to the Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Blash, 28, was acquired by the Yankees from the Padres back in December in the Chase Headley trade. In trading Blash to the Angels, the Yankees were able to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for Brandon Drury, the infielder they acquired as part of a three-team trade with the Diamondbacks and Rays on Tuesday.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Blash has hit an underwhelming .200/.323/.336 in 279 plate appearances. He will try to play his way into a bench role for the Angels this spring.