M’s Sign Chad Cordero
Apparently the M’s weren’t all that impressed by the closer candidates they had in Peoria, so they’re importing a new one – Stone says they’ve signed Chad Cordero to a minor league contract. He’s still rehabbing his shoulder and trying to get his strength back, so he won’t be in the mix for the opening day roster – they’re looking at him as a mid-year boost.
Here’s Cordero’s FanGraphs page – as you can see, he was a strikeout/flyball guy when he was healthy, and a borderline relief ace. While the M’s have a collection of guys who fit situational relief work, Cordero has no career platoon split, and in his prime was a quality closer.
Whether he can recover from labrum surgery and get back to throwing 89 again is up for grabs – he was throwing 83 last year before going under the knife, and he’s not a major league pitcher at that speed. But, on a minor league deal, this gives the M’s some upside in the ‘pen. If he comes to camp and shows the stuff that he used to have, the team could have added a nice upgrade to the back of the bullpen. If he’s still throwing 83, then they haven’t lost anything.
Another no risk pickup with some upside by Zduriencik. Good job by the M’s here.
Oh, and since it’s kinda relevant and both GMs involved have moved on, here’s a fun Chad Cordero related story. At the USSM meetup in Tacoma a few years ago, Bavasi was giving us the rundown on some of the things that he tried to do at the trade deadline. He talked about trying to get Mark Loretta and such, and somehow, the topic of Jim Bowden came up. Bavasi kinda smiled and said something to the effect (not a direct quote) of “you know, I called Jim about their closer, Cordero – he asked for Clement and Morrow. I hung up. I haven’t called back”