I was reading B.J. Rains’s article on Ronny Cedeno this morning, and it occurred to me: I really don’t know what role he is going to play on this team. I understand that he was acquired as more insurance for the prone-to-injury Rafael Furcal, but at this point, I’m not even sure if I would put him on the roster. In terms of backup infielders, I would put all of Pete Kozma, Matt Carpenter, and Ty Wigginton ahead of him. Kozma was terrific at the end of 2012, providing a needed spark in the Cards’ lineup. Carpenter hit .294 in 2012, and Wigginton could be exactly that kind of right-handed power hitter the Cards need off the bench.
One of these guys is going to start the year in Memphis, and I think that’s unfortunate because they all have a lot of positive qualities. In 2012, Cedeno hit .259 with 4 HRs and 22 RBIs with the New York Mets. He mostly filled in as a backup, but definitely provided quality at-bats from time to time. But compared to the other three that I just mentioned? I’m just not so sure there’s that much room for him on this roster. It will ultimately be the games played in Spring Training that decide all of this, but if I had to come up with my roster today, I think I’d put Cedeno in Memphis.