Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.
March 12, 2009 7:02 PM
Posted by Larry Stone
I'll have a full story posted soon, but we've learned that the Mariners have reached an agreement with former All-Star closer Chad Cordero on a minor-league deal.
Cordero is coming off major shoulder surgery (torn labrum) last July, so he's not ready to pitch yet, but it's a solid gamble for the future. If he returns to health -- and the Mariners have had a scout monitoring his throwing sessions for the past month, and like what they see -- he could easily wind up as their closer. This guy saved 47 games to lead the National League in 2005, and he's just 26 (he turns 27 in a few days).
Cordero should be in camp by the weekend. He became a free agent in October when the Nationals took him off their 40-man roster. He made $6.2 million last year.
UPDATE AT 7;10 P.M. The Mariners have officially announced the deal. It's a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. Cordero is expected in camp on Friday.
Here's a quote from Jack Zduriencik:
"We are going to take it one step at a time, but we are optimistic that Chad can help us this season," Zduriencik said. "Chad has been a quality Major League closer and we look forward to his contributions to our ballclub in 2009."
Here's my latest story on the signing.
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