San Francisco Giants Should Consider Chad Cordero

It was reported today that the Mariners signed well-worn RHP Jamie Wright and assigned him to the major league team.  In order to clear roster space, the M’s optioned RHP Chad Cordero to AAA Tacoma, but Chad Cordero elected to become a free agent, rather than accept the minor league assignment.

It’s not a move I understand at all.  With Jamie Wright, who is now 35 years old, you know exactly what you are getting, and it isn’t very good.  Wright was released by the Indians after 18 appearances in which he posted a 5.48 ERA with terrible ratios.  Wright has a career ERA over all or parts of 15 major league seasons of 5.15.

After being released by the Indians, he made ten relief appearances for the A’s AAA team in Sacramento, and he didn’t pitch well there either (9.00 ERA with 23 hits, nine walks and 16 Ks in 14 IP).  Wright opted out of his minor league contract to sign with the Mariners.

Meanwhile, 28 year old  Chad Cordero is working his way back from the major arm injury he had in 2008, when he had surgery to repair a torn labrum.  Labrum tears are now generally harder to come back from than blown elbow tendons, because shoulder injuries more often result in reduced velocity after surgery and rehabilitation.

Cordero hadn’t pitched well for the M’s this year (6.52 ERA in 9.2 IP with ten hits and five walks allowed and 6 Ks), but that’s no worse than Wright did in Cleveland this year.

Cordero also made 17 appearances at AAA Tacoma this year, where he posted an unimpressive 4.12 ERA, but had fine peripheral numbers (19.2 IP, 19 hits and four walks allowed, and 22 Ks).  That’s far better than Wright’s work at AAA Sacramento.

Unlike Wright, Cordero was once a great pitcher, and Cordero is still young enough to make a comeback.  Why a going-nowhere club like the 2010 Mariners would essentially elect to trade in a 28 year old pitcher with great upside for a 35 year old pitcher, who was never very good to begin with, I simply don’t understand.

Meanwhile, the Giants should give serious consideration to making Cordero an offer, particularly if he is willing to pitch two weeks at AAA Fresno first so he can show he’s still got something.  The Giants could use another right-handed middle reliever, given the command problems many of their middle relievers have had.

While it’s likely that at least one major league team will offer Cordero a major league job without a AAA audition first, the Giants can offer the fact that Cordero would have a chance to play on pennant contender by the end of July.

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