Huntington On Rod Barajas, Ronny Cedeno

The Pirates provided fans around baseball with some midseason excitement before fading in August and September and finishing with a 72-90 mark. GM Neal Huntington knows the next step is sustaining success into September and beyond, but getting there is a definite challenge. Here are some updates on Huntington’s Pirates from the Milwaukee GM Meetings…

  • The Pirates moved quickly on Rod Barajas because they believe he can add power and work with the Pittsburgh pitching staff at an affordable price, Huntington said. 
  • Plus, the Pirates considered the catching market to be "very weak." They recently signed Barajas to a one-year, $4MM deal that includes a club option for 2013.
  • The Pirates may discuss a new deal with Ronny Cedeno and his representatives, Peter E. Greenberg & Associates. Pittsburgh declined its $3MM option on the shortstop after the World Series, making him a free agent. The Pirates also appear to have interest in Ramon Santiago.

13 Responses to Huntington On Rod Barajas, Ronny Cedeno Leave a Reply

  1. MetsMagic 4 years ago

    Every time I read “Ronny Cedeno” I think Roger Cedeno and cringe a little. 

    • hobblin_manny 4 years ago

      Every time I read “Ronny Cedeno” I think Ronny Cedeno and cringe a little.

  2. Ian_Smell 4 years ago

    They should definitely bring Ronny back. He doesn’t deserve all the hate that he gets.

    • bigpat 4 years ago

      Agreed, he was starting to improve and his defense was very strong as the season went on. Better than Santiago or D’Arnund if they use him. 

    • Smrtbusnisman04 4 years ago


      He was one of the better defensive shortstops last season. It also seems like he has the potential to be a streaky power “gap” hitter, which is a luxury considering his position.

  3. bring don kelly back to pittsburgh.

  4. baybombers 4 years ago

    the buccos got some pop with rod at least

  5. Ian Oquendo/Snell/WhoeverHeIsThisMonth was much worse than Ronny. (also: apples and oranges)

    Also – it’s a screen name, fer cryin’ out loud.

    (in reply to Matt Zolan – sorry, reply fail.)

  6. i don’t like cedeno, but he DID seem to get a lot of 2 out clutch hits last season for some reason

  7. Ian_Smell 4 years ago

    He’s been a veteran his whole career.

  8. Smrtbusnisman04 4 years ago

    Right on, Larry. Your assessment was spot on!

    Maybe Barajas can also serve as a mentor to Tony Sanchez.

  9. Ian_Smell 4 years ago

    Yes. Have you ever heard him talk? He’s so full of himself.

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