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Astros nearing deal with shortstop Cedeno

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Astros are closing in on a deal with free-agent infielder Ronny Cedeno, a baseball source has told MLB.com. Cedeno was released by the Cardinals earlier this week.

Cedeno, 30, will provide some middle infield depth for the Astros, who have yet to see either Tyler Greene or Marwin Gonzalez seize the starting shortstop job. Cedeno has played mostly shortstop in his career, but he can also play second.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow couldn't be reached for comment.

Cedeno played for the Mets last year and appeared in 78 games, hitting .259 with four homers and 22 RBIs in 186 plate appearances. He's a career .247 hitter with 37 homers and 218 RBIs in an eight-year career with the Cubs, Pirates, Mariners and Mets.

The Astros traded shortstop Jed Lowrie in February and came to camp with Greene and Gonzalez vying to be his replacement. They've both had 42 at-bats in 18 games this spring. Greene is hitting .167 with no RBIs and Gonzalez is hitting .238 with a homer and two RBIs.

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