Phils sign SS Ronny Cedeno to minor-league deal

Phils sign SS Ronny Cedeno to minor-league deal

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January 13, 2014, 1:30 pm

Ronny Cedeno is a .246 career hitter in nine seasons. (USA Today Images)

The Phillies have signed veteran shortstop Ronny Cedeno to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training.

Cedeno is the 17th player the Phillies have invited to spring training. The 30-year-old has played nine seasons for six different teams.

Cedeno, a defensive whiz, is a .246/.289/.354 career hitter. He was the Pirates' full-time shortstop in 2010 and '11, hitting .253 with a .657 OPS in 956 plate appearances. He saved 10.0 runs on defense in 2011, according to Fangraphs.

Cedeno is in the mix to compete in spring training with Freddy Galvis, Andres Blanco and Reid Brignac for the Phillies' utility infield job.

Cedeno has the most major-league experience of the bunch, and his presence gives the Phillies bench flexibility if they decide Galvis needs further seasoning at Triple A. Galvis' defense is an obvious strength, but it isn't as valuable when he's reduced to a bench role in the majors. Galvis has hit .230/.269/.375 in 422 plate appearances with the Phils.

Cedeno could also provide depth in the event that the Phillies shop Jimmy Rollins, as they've done for several years. Rollins is owed $11 million this season, which is the final guaranteed year of his contract.