While much of the baseball community still mourns Stan the Man, the business side of the game continues to churn.
According to Rick Hummel, recent reports out of Venezuela point to free agent shortstop Ronny Cedeno heading to the Cards. The Cards had been rumored to be interested in the 29 year-old infielder and although the signing seems likely, John Mozeliak declined to comment on the report out of respect for Stan Musial and his family until next week.
The shortstop situation continues to muddy as the weeks progress. The apparent addition of Cedeno adds another mediocre middle infielder to the mix. As Steve mentioned a couple days ago, Cedeno is not a major upgrade defensively over Rafael Furcal or Pete Kozma and is only .247 lifetime hitter with little to no power. Kozma’s inconsistent finish to the 2012 season obviously has bothered the St. Louis brass enough to seek out another veteran presence. Overall, the signing of Cedeno certainly would not hurt the Cards. Hopefully Kozma finds a consistent level of performance somewhere near his .333 batting average in 2012. If not, Furcal and Cedeno will provide a veteran presence that is at least steady, although not spectacular.