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Replacing Ronny Cedeno

 

I advocated dumping Ronny Cedeno on the other Stark thread and the response was "why Ronny and replace him with who?"  

Even the depressing Baseball Prospectus projects Cedeno only at .4 wins above replacement, he is 28 and is a known quantity.  Also on the side of things that sabermetrics can't account for is that mentally Ronny is not up to the task of being a major league shortstop.  I have played ball on many teams and watched it all my life and nothing hurts a team more than a guy who constantly makes mental errors in the field and at the plate.  Whether its bunting at the absolute wrong time, failing to run when he is on first and full count and two outs or just missing routine plays and throws, guys like that are cancer unless they can hit enough to make you forget, like Adam Dunn.  Ronny is indicative of guys who go from team to team and sink to the worst team in babseball.  The numbers may reflect Ronny as a .4 Warp but his actual value is much less in his overall contribution to the team.  Ronny as a human being may be great but as a player he is a loser, plain and simple.  The Bucs should recognize this and release him.

The solution would be to bring in a replacement.  Marco Scutaro would represent a huge upgrade over Cedeno and would lend some modicum of credibility to the Front Office in that they actually care about not losing 100 games again and developing these youngs guys we have.  He might be had for Doumit and a well regarded pitching arm(Von Rosenberg?) in the low minors.  Well worth the cost in my opinion as Scutaro is a veteran who immediately helps this team become markedly better and makes others around him better.  We have many young arms but a major eague roster that is garbage, most of the young arms in A ball are lottery tickets in some form or another anyway.  If a guy like Scutaro or similar can't be had, I would go with Ciriaco and Rodriguez mixed in with an eye for an upgrade at any time.  BP has Ciriaco's output almost the same as Cedeno and if he develops into a hitter with some discipline, he immediately becomes the better player statistically.  Personally, I believe he is already a better player than Cedeno. 

This isn't personal against Ronny at all.  I have done some study of teams which turn around losing rosters into winning teams quickly and the first thing that has to happen is a new administration admits the mistakes of the past and sheds guys who, though statistically they aren't worthless, are not helping the team win at all and are either holdovers or pipe dreams.  Winning rosters are not compiled through adding up the 25 guys with the best WARP, that is the shortcoming of sabermetrics.  I hope Hurdle understands this because I don't believe the Front office does. 

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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