MLB Trade Rumors has been releasing their 2012 Free Agent and Trade Market reviews, and looked at the shortstop position in their most recent update. Among the updates, they listed Ronny Cedeno as a guy who could have his option declined by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Two weeks ago I looked at the shortstop options on the market, and compared them to Cedeno. The shortstop market is strong this year, although it is led by guys such as Jose Reyes and Jimmy Rollins, and the Pirates don't stand a chance of signing either player due to the costs involved. Of the potentially available shortstops, I pointed out Clint Barmes, Marco Scutaro, and Alex Gonzalez as guys who could be upgrades over Cedeno.
None of the upgrades are really guaranteed. Barmes' defense has been strong, but his 2011 WAR totals look like a career year, and in the past he's been inconsistent on that front. With Gonzalez, it's a question of what you're going to...
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