Pirates Notes: Cedeno, Karstens, Non-Tenders

The Pirates have avoided arbitration with Ronny Cedeno and Jeff Karstens, signing both players to one-year contracts.  MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch has the contract details.  Cedeno will earn a $1.85MM base in 2011, and has a club option for '12 that includes significant incentives based on starts.  Karstens will earn $1.1MM next year.   

Cedeno is the incumbent starter at shortstop, though the Pirates are known to be looking for help at the position.  The veteran has played mostly shortstop over the last two years, but has also played second, third and the outfield in his career.  Cedeno has a .682 OPS in 672 plate appearances as a Pirate.

Karstens came to the Bucs in July 2008 as part of the trade that sent Damaso Marte and Xavier Nady to the Yankees.  In 74 appearances (41 of them starts) for Pittsburgh, Karstens has posted a 4.95 ERA and a 1.73 K/BB ratio.  As Biertempfel pointed out in his longer article, Karstens' $1.1MM salary for 2011 is almost triple what he earned last season.

Other news from Biertempfel…

  • Infielder Argenis Diaz, outfielder Lastings Milledge and left-handers Brian Burres and Donald Veal were all non-tendered by the Bucs, but the club wants to re-sign Burres and Veal.  Diaz "is unlikely to return."
  • Milledge could be welcomed back "if we think it's the right fit for the team, and he thinks it's the right fit for him," said Neal Huntington.  The Pirates GM said he couldn't work out a contract with Milledge before the non-tender deadline and "began to explore alternatives" to fill Milledge's corner outfield spot.  Two options are Jack Cust and Matt Diaz, both of whom were non-tendered themselves by the A's and Braves, respectively.

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9 Comments on "Pirates Notes: Cedeno, Karstens, Non-Tenders"

4 years 8 months ago

I’d like to see Diaz and/or Cust play for the Pirates…

and really, how much more could Kartstens and Cedeno have made? Their arbitration asking price can’t be that high.

4 years 8 months ago

Cust has no busines playing in the NL. Diaz and Jones would be a solid platoon, but what does that do to Steve Pearce?

4 years 8 months ago

Jack Cust as a viable option for an NL team? That’s hilarious.

It’s almost as hilarious as thinking the hired uniforms at malls are actually real cops.

4 years 8 months ago

I’m sort of surprised to see them cut ties with Milledge. He hasn’t been great, he ain’t going to be a star, but he had his uses, and even with arbitration he’s still relatively cheap.

I probably shouldn’t be surprised by anything the Pirates do though.

4 years 8 months ago

I’d really love the Pirates to trade Joel Hanrahan or Meeks for Hardy.

…Twins fan.

4 years 8 months ago

Hanrahan or Meek and a prospect or two for Scott Baker, but not straight up for Hardy. Nice try.

4 years 8 months ago

What you think of a deal that was:

CF Ben Revere (top 5 Twins prospect), Scott Baker, and a B prospect for Evan Meek, Andrew McCutchen, and a C prospect.

4 years 8 months ago

What does this post have to do with Derek Jeter? Please mention him more often so he doesn’t feel as neglected. I recommend keyword density (Derek Jeter, Jeter, Jetes, Jeter Christ, etc.) of 5-10% for each post.

4 years 8 months ago

What would that do to Steve Pearce? Hopefully ship his sorry butt out of town, he is terrible never showed promise never made any impact of any sort other than bad. The kid is a stinker and should not be taking up space on the 40 man roster.