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 hire Brad Ausmus as special assistant to the GM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.

Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.