Shortstop Ronny Cedeno reported to Pirates spring training camp Friday, ready to begin what looks to be the most pivotal season of his career.

Cedeno's performance will dictate whether he establishes himself as a full-time starter or becomes a journeyman.

"Last year was tough for me, but this year is going to be different," said Cedeno, who is entering his seventh season. "I'm different mentally. I want to get that position. I want to be the everyday shortstop. I want them to trust me."

This offseason, Cedeno, 28, avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $1.85 million contract that includes a $3 million club option for 2012. Escalators based on games played could boost the option by up to $2 million.

If the Pirates do not pick up the option, Cedeno will get a $200,000 buyout and become a free agent.

General manager Neal Huntington was keen on having the option clause in Cedeno's deal.

"Ronny's one of those guys who could have a breakout year," Huntington said. "If it happens, we'd like to have the ability to retain him for next year. If it doesn't happen, then we look in a different direction."