Yesterday, the Phillies signed utility infielder Ronny Cedeno to a Minor League deal with an invitation to big league camp. Cedeno will turn 31 on February 2 and will be entering his tenth season as a big leaguer. While he’s not much with the bat as his career .281 wOBA indicates, he has the ability to play at second base and shortstop and can fill in at third base and in the outfield corners in a pinch.
Cedeno will be in the mix for a bench job along with Freddy Galvis, Reid Brignac, and Andres Blanco. The glut of back-up veteran infielders could mean the Phillies prefer to have Galvis start the season in Triple-A to get regular at-bats, rather than getting one at-bat every other game as the last man on the bench.