The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Ronny Cedeno for $1.125 M for the 2010 season, according to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Cedeno was entering his second year of arbitration, and accepted the $1.125 M to settle his arbitration price. Cedeno made $822,500 in 2009, his first year of arbitration.
Cedeno is making $125,000 more than Bobby Crosby, who the Pirates signed this week to compete with Cedeno for the starting shortstop position. However, Crosby has $500,000 in possible performance bonuses based on plate appearances.
The 2010 40-man roster/payroll projection is updated with the contract. The move puts the Pirates’ minimum 2010 payroll at $31,386,500, although that number is sure to go up with arbitration raises for Zach Duke and Matt Capps. The Pirates are expected to tender contracts to Duke and Capps by the midnight deadline tonight.