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Pirates sign Cedeno to one-year deal

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Ronny 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.