BALTIMORE -- Roger Cedeno agreed to a minor league contract
with the Baltimore Orioles after a one-year-season layoff.
Cedeno has a .273 career average with five teams. He was traded
by the New York Mets to St. Louis in April 2004 for Wilson Delgado
and released by the Cardinals in June 2005.
If added to the 40-man roster, the 32-year-old outfielder would
get a one-year contract that would pay him $500,000 in the major
leagues and $100,000 in the minors. He could earn an additional
$400,000 in performance bonuses and would get the entire amount if
he plays in 120 games and has 550 plate appearances.
Baltimore also announced minor league contracts Friday with
right-hander Jose Acevedo, who went 18-25 with a 5.74 ERA in five
seasons with Cincinnati and Colorado; right-hander Rob Bell, 30-34
with a 5.69 ERA in six seasons with Cincinnati, Texas and Tampa
Bay; and right-hander Francis Beltran, 2-2 with a 5.87 ERA in two
seasons with the Chicago Cubs and Montreal.
Also agreeing to minor league contracts were right-handers
Freddy Deza, Michael Doyne, Steve Green, Jon Leicester, Victor
Moreno, and left-hander Chris Waters.
In addition, the Orioles agreed to minor league deals with
catcher J.R. House, infielders Mike Cervanek, Jason Dubois, Jon
Knott, Brandon Sing and Terry Tiffee; and outfielders Luis Montanez
and Ruddy Yan.