Mets Ship Cedeno To Cardinals

General manager Jim Duquette and the New York Mets found a taker for outfielder Roger Cedeno on Saturday: The St. Louis Cardinals. In exchange, the team received infielder Wilson Delgado and backup catcher Chris Widger.

The Cardinals will also get cash considerations.

"It was the best thing for everybody involved. Roger gets a fresh start and we can move on," Mets general manager Jim Duquette said concerning the deal.

Former Mets GM Steve Phillips signed Cedeno to a four-year, $18 million contract prior to the 2002 season as part of his massive overhaul. Since the signing, the outfielder has been an enormous disappointment.

The switch-hitter wasn't going to see much time this season with the team having decided to go with a Karim Garcia / Shane Spencer platoon in rightfield.

Cedeno, 29, is a .275 career hitter with 37 home runs, 243 RBIs and 208 stolen bases in time with the Dodgers, Astros, Tigers, and Mets. He hit .267 with 7 homers and 37 RBI during 2003.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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