March 15: Q of the Day
Do you think the Cardinals might release Ronny Cedeno and keep Matt Adams on the 25-man Opening Day roster?
— Bob B., Las Vegas
Yes, this as a possibility. As I see it now, the bench (which is expected to have five players) already has four virtual locks: Tony Cruz, Shane Robinson, Ty Wigginton and one of Matt Carpenter/Daniel Descalso. That leaves one spot open and two players — Cedeno and Adams — vying for it.
Keeping Cedeno would give the Cardinals a backup shortstop option. Cedeno can also step in to play second or third, though I don’t see him getting much time at either of those two spots given the other players who fill in there.
If the Cardinals are comfortable with Pete Kozma as their starting shortstop and Daniel Descalso as a backup at the position then the Cardinals could move forward without Cedeno. That would open up a place on the bench for Adams. And where does Adams get playing time? Well, he’d obviously be able to spell Allen Craig at first base, when needed. Craig’s ability to also play the corner outfield spots (when either Matt Holliday or Carlos Beltran need a breather) would also open up opportunities for Adams at first.
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