The Chicago Cubs and infielder Ronny Cedeno agreed to a 1-year, $822,00 contract that will keep Cedeno on the North Side during the 2009 MLB season. The deal allowed the 2 sides to avoid an arbitration hearing next week.
Cedeno played in 99 games for the Cubs during the 2008 MLB season. Cedeno hit .269 in 216 at-bats with a .328 on-base percentage. Cedeno will continue to see most of his action at the middle infield positions, but he also played games at 3rd base and in left field and right field for the Cubs during the 2008 MLB season. His versatility is a big asset for the Cubs.
Cubs GM Jim Hendry is also trying to work out deals between 2 other arbitration-eligible players – Kevin Gregg and Michael Wuertz – before the Tuesday January 20th deadline. We’ll keep you posted if anything develops over the next few days. During Hendry’s entire tenure as Cubs GM since 2002, he has never had to exchange offers in an arbitration hearing.