Pirates sign Ronny Cedeno

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.

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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