Brad Wilkerson To Cubs For Ronny Cedeno
I promised myself I was going to take the evening off from rumormongering, I really did. But this one was too sweet and reliable to leave til the morning. Here's the scoop - stay with me on this one.
A source went to college with Barry Larkin's cousin, Michael. (Michael is a wide receiver at Miami at Ohio, by the way). My source was in Cincinnati for Thanksgiving, as was Michael Larkin. Michael passed along the following info to my source via his cousin Barry.
It appears that Nationals GM Jim Bowden has asked Barry Larkin what he thinks of Cubs SS/2B Ronny Cedeno and for Barry's help with Cedeno's defense if he's acquired. The Nationals' front office has a covert concern that Jose Vidro is done for his career, and Cedeno would be an ideal safety net at 2B. Plus, the team wasn't exactly thrilled with Cristian Guzman's horrific season in '05.
Barry Larkin relayed to his cousin that the potential deal was Ronny Cedeno for Brad Wilkerson straight up. Then the info got to my source, and now it's in your adoring hands. Believe it if you want to - I think it's on the level.
Ronny Cedeno was ranked 16th among Cubs prospects by Baseball America before the 2005 season. He's 23 years old and has a cannon arm. He hit .300 in 80 ABs with the Cubs in 2005. Before that, he managed a .355 mark in 245 Triple A at-bats.
Brad Wilkerson had an off year at age 28, ranking 13th among all CFs. He's got superb on-base skills. He spent time at all three outfield positions and first base in '05. He's yet to reach free agency.
Thanks to Rob G.