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Roger Cedeño

Cedeño with the New York Mets on May 30, 1999.
Born: August 16, 1974 (1974-08-16) (age 35)
Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela
Batted: Switch Threw: Right 
MLB debut
June 20, 1995 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
June 5, 2005 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
Batting average     .273
Home runs     40
Stolen bases     213
Career highlights and awards

Roger Leandro Cedeño (born August 16, 1974 in Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela), is a former Major League Baseball outfielder and switch-hitting batter who had an 11-year career playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, and St. Louis Cardinals.

Signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an undrafted amateur free agent in 1991, Cedeño made his debut in 1995. Cedeño was slated to be the heir apparent to veteran Dodger All-Star outfielder Brett Butler. However, after four seasons of mediocre play with the Dodgers, he was traded to the New York Mets on December 1st, 1998 in a deal in which the Dodgers obtained Todd Hundley. In the 1999 season, Cedeño broke a Mets record by stealing 66 bases in a season (later broken by Jose Reyes). Besides his 66 stolen bases, Cedeño would bat .313, have an on base percentage of .396, and a slugging percentage of .408. These would all turn out to be career bests. Following the season, on December 11th the Mets traded Cedeño to the Houston Astros as part of a deal to obtain Mike Hampton.

In May of 2000, Cedeño broke his hand sliding headfirst into first base in May, and would spend three months on the disabled list[1]. Following the season, Cedeño would be involved in a December trade for the third consecutive year, this time being going to the Detroit Tigers in a six player deal. 2001 would see Cedeño bat .293 and steal 55 bases, although he lead the American League by being caught stealing 15 times. That winter would be the fourth year in a row he changed teams, returning to the Mets via free agency. The next three seasons would show further declines in Roger's stolen bases, 25 in 2002, 14 in 2003 and just 5 in 2004, while hitting in the .260s all three years. He was traded before the 2004 season to the St. Louis Cardinals for Wilson Delgado. Following a 2005 season that saw just 61 plate appearances, Cedeño was released by the Cardinals.

After a year off, Cedeño agreed to a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles in 2007. [2] However, it was reported that he showed up to spring training weighing 274 pounds. [3] He was released on March 23, 2007.

Cedeño finished his career with a .273 batting average, 40 home runs, 274 RBI and 213 stolen bases in 1100 games.

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