INF Ronny Cedeno, Cardinals agree to $1.15M deal

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January 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Infielder Ronny Cedeno has agreed to a $1.15 million, one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. Cedeno can earn an additional $850,000 in performance bonuses under Monday’s deal: $170,000 each for 200, 250, 300, 250 and 400 plate appearances. The 29-year-old .259 with four homers and 22 RBIs last year for the New York Mets. An eight-year big league veteran, he has a .247 career average for the Chicago Cubs, Seattle, Pittsburgh and the Mets.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Cardinals designated left-handed pitcher Barret Browning for assignment. St. Louis also agreed to minor league contracts with catchers Rob Johnson and J.R. Towles and outfielder Justin Christian, and hired former catcher Bengie Molina as assistant hitting coach. He is the older brother of Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.