Infielder Ronny Cedeno
Of all former Pittsburgh Pirates you didn’t think you’d hear about in 2021, infielder Ronny Cedeno is probably one of the last guys you would have thought of. Cedeno was a former prospect in the Cubs’ system in the late-2000’s. But he never served a greater role than a bench/infield utility option for the team. During the 2008-2009 off-season Cedeno was sent to the Seattle Mariners where he only played 59 major league games before being traded at the 2009 deadline to the Pittsburgh Pirates with 3 other players for Ian Snell and Jack Wilson.
Cedeno became the Pirate starting shortstop for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. In 956 plate appearances between those 2 seasons, Cedeno posted a poor .253/.295/.362 line, .286 wOBA, and 77 wRC+. He only had 10 home runs but did provide usable defense at short. He had -1 DRS, but a .5 UZR.150, and +2.6 range runs above average.
The Pirates replaced Cedeno with Clint Barmes the following season, granting him free agency after the ‘11 campaign. After that, he appeared in the major leagues with the Mets, Astros, Padres, and finally the Phillies in 2014. He also played in the minors with the Diamondbacks and Giants, but 2014 was the last time Cedeno has played in the majors.
Cedeno has since returned to Venezuela where he has played 5 seasons. Cedeno is currently with the Leones del Caracas where he is hitting just .268/.303/.380 in 77 plate appearances. This is currently his age-38 season, so the official end of Cedeno’s pro career may be reaching its end. But for right now, he’s still hanging around.