Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. NormE January 6, 2012 at 8:14 pm
    That’s what the Ronny Cedenos of the world are for. He’s a reliable glove who can spell Tejada and come in for late inning defense if the Mets are ever in the lead. He doesn’t cost a lot of money (the Mets prime requisite) and hopefully understands his role.
    This gives your minor league talent the chance to play every day and, hopefully, continue to improve.
    The best part is that it keeps Omar Quintanilla off the ML roster.
  2. mic January 6, 2012 at 9:14 pm
    And gives more fuel to the rumors of a DW or Murph trade.
  3. JoeJP January 6, 2012 at 9:34 pm
    A reasonable full time player that by some accounts has average defensive abilities seems like a good pick-up for the ’12 Mets. I don’t know who much better one would expect really. As an everyday player for two years, he does as mic says, adds fuel to the rumors.
  4. Tommy2cat January 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm
    Appears to be a quiet, yet sensible move. Solid late-inning replacement for Daniel Murphy and can handle SS duties, if necessary. A professional middle infielder.

    Terry Collins has demonstrated the ability to utilize his entire roster on a consistent basis and I can see how Cedeno fills a need – another useful tool in the shed.

  5. DaveSchneck January 6, 2012 at 10:58 pm
    A $1 million dollar insurance policy on Tejada makes sense. Good glove, decent backup, and perhaps Collins and Hudgens can convince Cedeno that drawing some walks this year can double his salary next year. Now, if we only had some starting pitching…
  6. Izzy January 7, 2012 at 8:21 am
    Met fans so desperate to get excited they are raving about Ronny cedeno, who sucks, who was cut by the offensively hapless, and 20 times in a row loeing record Oittsburgh Pirates. Raving about signing Ronny Cedeno to a guaranteed deal is really really sad.
  7. mic January 7, 2012 at 9:10 am
    Izzy if by ‘raving’ u allude to the delirium reflected by the signing of a ML player…then yes.

    Remember when we signed David Segui?

    • Izzy January 7, 2012 at 11:03 am
      The Mets didn’t sign David Segui as a free agent. The Mets traded Kevin Baez to get him in a trade. Secondly, Segui was a far better hitter than Cedeno is. Thirdly the Mets made a mistake trading Segui away as he blossomed, (if memory serves, possibly with some outside help of some substances but whatever, its the stuff that made Sandy produce winners in Oakland. ) Thirdly what is your point. Cedeno is Wilson Valdez and people made fun of Omar for bringing him in at minimum salary and yet rave about Ronny Cedeno. Sad.
      • NormE January 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm
        No one is “raving” about Cedeno. The responses indicate an acceptance of him as an inexpensive role player.

        The Mets obviously have no money for a Ryan Theriot or other higher priced utility players, if they’re available.

        My feeling is that it doesn’t matter who they sign, you (Izzy) will be unhappy because you do not like Sandy Alderson.

      • DaveSchneck January 7, 2012 at 11:08 pm
        Yes, you or I could have made the same move for a lot less than Alserson makes, but what else is he supposed to do? The ownership is bankrupt, they had no appetite or money to resign Reyes or anyone else. They pay Alderson to face the public and sell a big market team to its paying customers that’s dropping its payroll $50 mil. It is a bad dream for real Met fans, but they do need a backup SS with MLB experience behind a 22 year old projected starter. Even the most optomistic Met fans aren’t planning any parades off this move.
  8. gary s. January 7, 2012 at 10:23 am
    Compared to signing Quintinella last week, this IS A HUGE DEAL FOR THE METS!!!! Truly sad.Thank you Fred and Jeff