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.

Cubs place Ben Zobrist on 10-day disabled list with back soreness

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Cubs infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with back soreness. The move is retroactive to April 14. While it doesn’t appear to be the precursor to any serious injury, Zobrist has already missed six straight days of activity after feeling his back tighten up last weekend. Should he see the minimum time on the DL, as expected, he’ll be eligible to return by the start of the Cubs’ series against the Indians on Tuesday.

Prior to his injury, the 36-year-old outfielder raked an impressive .326/.408/.465 with three extra-base hits in 49 plate appearances. He last appeared for the Cubs during their homestand last weekend and helped propel the team to a 14-10 win over the Braves with three hits, two walks and two RBI. Provided that he can remain healthy going forward, it’s a promising start for the veteran outfielder, who has yet to return to the All-Star-worthy numbers he posted with the club in 2016.

With Zobrist sidelined for the time being, Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr. have shared the leadoff spot and center field duties over the last week. Happ went 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in two games before passing the baton to Almora, who collected five hits and two RBI in 11 at-bats.