Closer Cordero drawing interest
Right-hander rumored to be targeted by handful of clubs
WASHINGTON -- A week after becoming a free agent, former Nationals closer Chad Cordero is drawing interest from several Major League clubs. According to a baseball source, the Angels, Mets, Rangers and Tigers are interested and each team has asked to look at Cordero's medical records.
Cordero missed most of the 2008 season because of a labrum tear in his right shoulder. He had surgery on July 8 and is expected to be ready for Spring Training. The right-hander visited Dr. Lewis Yocum for a checkup last week and is expected to start throwing in a week. Before he touches a baseball, however, Cordero is expected to get married on Saturday and go on his honeymoon.
Cordero's first choice would be to sign with the Angels because he is from Anaheim and grew up an Angels fan. Cordero also wouldn't mind having a reunion with Mets general manager Omar Minaya, who drafted him in the first round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft when he was with the Expos.
Cordero was not available for comment.
According to the source, the Nationals are not in the mix even though Cordero said last week he wouldn't rule out going back to Washington. The source did not say if Cordero was still mad at general manager Jim Bowden, who announced to Sports Talk 980 AM in Washington last July that Cordero would be non-tendered.
Cordero made $6 million this past season. Sources indicated at that time that Cordero would not come back to the Nationals if Bowden were still the general manager. Bowden later apologized to Cordero and his agent, Larry Reynolds.
Cordero, 26, is considered one of the best closers in Nationals/Expos history, saving 128 games and compiling a 2.78 ERA during his career. His best season was in 2005, when he saved 47 games to go with a 1.82 ERA.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.