If you require any convincing that the National League is, shall we say, wimpier than the American League, you need look no further than Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Ronny Cedeno.
Cedeno, obtained from the Seattle Mariners on July 29, is perhaps the ultimate example of a player who absolutely cannot translate his abilities from the NL to the AL (you can make all kinds of excuses for the guy — adjusting to new pitchers, adjusting to new parks, etc. — but I’ve seen the guy play, and he’s not worth your breath).
According to ESPN, the Mariners have just traded catcher Jeff Clement and shortstop Ronny Cedeno along with three minor league prospects to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for shortstop Jack Wilson and starting pitcher Ian Snell.
Wilson will immediately assume the role of starting shortstop in place of Cedeno, while Snell should shore up the back end of the Mariners’ thin starting rotation.
Clement, the third overall pick in the 2005 MLB Draft, had fallen out of favor with the team’s front office and had spent all of the 2009 season with Triple-A Tacoma.
Cedeno, acquired in the offseason from the Chicago Cubs, had become the Mariners’ de facto starter at shortstop over the past two months. He replaced incumbent Yuniesky Betancourt, who struggled in the early going with the M’s and was ultimately traded to Kansas City just a few weeks ago.
In a move not often associated with contending ballclubs, the Seattle Mariners traded their incumbent starter at shortstop on Friday, sending Yuniesky Betancourt to Kansas City in exchange for two minor league pitching prospects.
Though it seems a peculiar deal for a team closing in on first place in their division, Betancourt had long ago punched his ticket out of town with inconsistent play, a lack of focus, and an injury that kept him out of the lineup for the past month.
The trade was by no means a bad one for Seattle (most pundits are claiming that the M’s won this deal by a landslide), but it creates an entirely new problem for the team to solve.
Saw a sign at the M’s game tonight that simply read “BB OK.”
I want to give a huge shoutout to the creator of the sign, because you’re absolutely right, and on behalf of Seattle sports fans I would like to petition the Mariners organization to make this the team motto for the remainder of the year.
Guys like Ichiro and Yuni, especially, need to know that walks are a-okay, and what better way to instill the message than with a very simple slogan like BB OK?
It works, so let’s all get on the BB OK bandwagon starting right now.
On one side note, I’d just like to add that I refuse to hop aboard the Ronny Cedeno bandwagon until Cedeno starts hitting.