2014 Spring Training

Phillies Release INF Ronny Cedeno

430592The Phillies have announced the release of  veteran backup infielder Ronny Cedeno, according to multiple reports on Twitter. He was hitting .182/.250/.273 in 13 games this Spring as a non-roster invitee.

After Kevin Frandsen was optioned to Lehigh Valley (AAA) on Sunday, the backup shortstop spot on the bench is down to just two in-house candidates: Cesar Hernandez (.281/.314/.313) and Reid Brignac (.353/.476/.529).  Freddy Galvis remains sidelined indefinitely with a MRSA infection.

The Phillies could look outside the organization for help, as well. As Todd Zolecki and Mett Gelb point out, Cesar Izturis is available.

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Vinnie

    March 25, 2014 at 11:44 am

    I wonder if Abreu is next. At this point would rather keep Gwynn as the lefthander off the bench because he can also play defence.

  2. Ken Bland

    March 25, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    As we inch a step closer to the Phils injecting some youth into the roster with Cedeno’s exit. Personally, I don’t know about Brignac and Hernandez being mentioned in the same breath as the 2 in house candidates left, but I don’t make those calls.

    Meanwhile, a pretty gutsy decision by Kevin Frandsen to elect free agency, and forgo the guaranteed 900k by the Phils. I’d guess that path looks rosy in no less than Texas Ranger terms with the collective decimation of their roster without even considering other clubs. I suspect it’s a calculated risk based on studying the market, and he hooks up quickly, but if it is Texas, perish the thought of his ripping a game winner early next week.

  3. David Bardo

    March 25, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Brignac is the only guy in camp who can play SS besides Rollins. He can play any IF position. The bat is his problem. He has to be on the opening day roster. Yikes!

    Dr. Dave

    • Ken Bland

      March 25, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      Hernandez doesn’t appear to have the range or arm strength to make people come close to forgetting some of the great defensive play demonstrated by shortstops, a position that’s likely provided as many defensive highlights as any since the inception of the video era.

      And while those shortcomings do present a negative for a club that can’t add to them, it is at least hoped that a backup shortstop concern is a short term problem. You play Hernandez there maybe 4 times while Galvis recoups, and at least in comparison to Brignac, take advantage of his overall diversity. That diversity is mostly on offense, and the defense is a concern, but again, it’s looking at it short term while Galvis is out.

  4. Dave B

    March 25, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    It’s time to ship Abreu and Mayberry. Keep Hernandez he can play the outfield with Gwynn

  5. Keith

    March 25, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    What is everyone’s deal with Abreu? During the off-season all anyone on here would talk about is our lack of obp….he’s the walking talking ad for obp. I say keep he and Gwynn. Mayberry’s the man to release. I like him, but he’s not worth a roster spot at this point.

    • Jebidiah Atkinson

      March 25, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      By all accounts, Abreu can’t play in the field anymore. Being a National League team, it’s a waste of a roster spot for a one dimensional player (like bringing Thome back in 2012). Other than a handful of games in AL parks, what’s the point of having him around? He really hasn’t even had a good spring.

      • schmenkman

        March 25, 2014 at 8:47 pm

        He has hit better than Revere, getting on base more, and with higher OPS. He has the 3rd highest OBP on the team this spring (.422), behind only Brignac (.476) and Gwynn (.447).

        Having said all that, I would probably still pick Gwynn, for his better fielding and baserunning.

      • Jebidiah Atkinson

        March 26, 2014 at 12:26 pm

        Ah, so I guess Abreu is better than Revere! Thanks for clearing that up Schmenkman! You know as well as anybody that if someone like Abreu gets significant playing time in 2014, then this team is in deep trouble.

      • schmenkman

        March 26, 2014 at 12:37 pm

        I only compared him to Revere because Revere is often discussed as having a good spring (which he is). I couldn’t agree more about Abreu and playing time.

    • Vinnie

      March 25, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      I would keep Abreu, but he needs to be able to fill in defensively, or run the bases.

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