The New York Mets have agreed to terms with RHP Chad Cordero on a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Buffalo.
Caption: Seattle Mariners catcher Rob Johnson, left, talks with relief pitcher Chad Cordero after Cordero allowed two runs to the New York Yankees in the sixth inning during a baseball game Friday, July 9, 2010, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Cordero has spent time with three different teams in his eight-year Major League career. His most recent stint was with the Seattle Mariners where he pitched 9 2/3 innings in nine games. He was 0-1 with a 6.52 ERA. In those innings he allowed seven earned runs, including a home run, walked five and struck out six.
Cordero spent four years with the Nationals before then. Lifetime, he has a very respectable 2.89 ERA. However, he hasn’t been the same pitcher he was in 2008 after he had right shoulder surgery.
If he can bounce back, he could be the elusive set-up man Jerry Manuel has been looking for, even though Bobby Parnell seems to have won that role. Or, he could even vie to become the closer after Francisco Rodriguez’s contract ends after next season.
First, he’ll have to prove to the Mets he’s still got it by pitching in the minors.