I guess it could be worse:

The Cubs may have a surprise outfield candidate in Ronny Cedeno.

Cedeno played about a dozen games in the outfield in the Venezuelan Winter League this winter and all reports were that he did well.

“We tried it as an experiment,” Cubs player development director Oneri Fleita said. “He was out there during batting practice [during the regular season], and it looked like it would be an easy adjustment. The reports came back that he looked like a natural.”

Cedeno has only played shortstop, second and a few games at third for the Cubs. He could challenge Ryan Theriot for playing time at short, and also could win a job as a utility player. In Venezuela this winter, he batted .300 with three homers and 16 RBIs in 55 games for Aragua.

Cubs.com – 1/11/2007

I truly believe Cedeno will make this team out of Spring Training due to the fact that he’s out of minor league options. Having him take work in the spring in the outfield just makes me him more valuable and worth keeping on the roster. If he can come in as not only a middle infield sub, but also a replacement in the outfield as well, he’s a must have on the roster simply because of flexibility. We’ll have to keep an eye on this one.

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