In their quest to sign a backup shortstop, the Atlanta Braves are pursuing Ronny Cedeno, Dave O'Brien reports via Twitter. O'Brien also reports that Cedeno has been a prime target for the Braves' backup shortstop/utility infielder all offseason.
Cedeno's option with the Pittsburgh Pirates was declined earlier this offseason, and he put up a .249 average and .296 on-base percentage in 454 plate appearances. The 28-year-old veteran broke into the bigs with the Chicago Cubs in 2005. He also spent time with the Seattle Mariners before being traded to the Pirates in 2009.
Cedeno is a career .246 hitter and is capable of playing second and third base and has spent a small amount of time in left field.
The Braves, with the departure of Alex Gonzalez to the Milwaukee Brewers, are expected to pencil in Tyler Pastornicky for the starting shortstop job, but general manager Frank Wren is looking for a veteran backup in case Pastornicky struggles.
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