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Cedeno Released, Look at Bench Options

Ronny CedenoThe Phillies created a little more intrigue to their bench jobs battle today.

They announced they had released infielder Ronny Cedeno, who seemed like the leading internal candidate to take Freddy Galvis’ spot on the 25-man roster while he recovers from MRSA. The Phillies had until Tuesday to place Cedeno on the 25-man roster, pay him a $100,000 retention bonus to play in Triple-A or release him.

The move indicates the Phillies believe they have a better option elsewhere.

“We’re still looking inside and outside the organization as far as filling that role,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “But we have candidates. We have guys internally and there are some guys we’re looking at outside the organization as well.”

Reid Brignac and Cesar Hernandez remain the only utility infielders in big-league camp, but Brignac is not necessarily regarded as a glove guy, although Rays manager Joe Maddon praised his defense in the past, and Hernandez hasn’t played shortstop since he was 17 in 2007. Infielder Kevin Frandsen also opted for free agency today after the Phillies outrighted him Sunday, which hurts their overall infield depth. The Phillies said he still had a chance to make the team, although he would not have filled the bill as a defensive shortstop.

 

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Blanco Signed to Minor League Deal

The Phillies have signed infielder Andres Blanco to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

Blanco, 29, has played parts of six seasons with the Royals, Cubs and Rangers. He spent 2012 with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but suffered a shoulder injury in Winter Ball which forced him to miss the entire 2013 season.

Blanco is a career .255 hitter with a .301 on-base percentage and .333 slugging percentage. He has spent most of his big-league career at second base and shortstop, although he has played third base and one game in the outfield.

He is the sixth non-roster invitee to big-league camp. The others are infielder Reid Brignac, right-hander Shawn Camp, left-hander Cesar Jimenez, and outfielders Clete Thomas and Leandro Castro.

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