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Bucs Hope Cedeno Blossoms At Short

Ronny Cedeno

After veteran Jack Wilson was dealt to the Seattle Mariners as part of a seven-player trade, newcomer Ronny Cedeno was thrust into the starter role at shortstop.

The Pirates were attracted to Cedeno's age (he turned 27 last month) and affordability (he avoided arbitration this year by accepting a $1.125 million contract). Cedeno also offered possible power potential, even though he has hit just 23 homers in four-plus seasons in the majors. "They think I'm a strong enough guy with some pop in my bat," Cedeno said. "But I don't want to think too much about...

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