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Chad Cordero signs with the Blue Jays

Jan 3, 2011, 5:28 PM EDT


When last we saw former All-Star closer Chad Cordero, he was being signed by the Mets.  That didn’t really go anyplace — he didn’t make it out of AAA after the deal — but he’s got a gig for 2011: the Blue Jays have signed him.

It’s not definitely a gig. The report is vague on the specifics, but I’m guessing it’s a minor league deal.  Still, not a bad guy to take a chance on. He had labrum surgery a couple of years ago and the Mariners didn’t want to keep him around after a mere nine games last season, but he struck out more than a man an inning at AAA in 2010, and that’s not nothing. You could do worse if you’re picking up arms off the scrap heap.

Bonus: he’s a former Expo and original Nat. And they’re worth something for historical value, no?

  1. proudlycanadian - Jan 3, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    I had forgotten about Cordero. Thanks for the info. He certainly is a worthwhile signing if it is a minor league contract. If he regains his former all star form, he just might be a great signing. At his best, he was much better than Gregg ever was.

  2. missthemexpos - Jan 3, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Gotta love those few remaining Expos still around, maybe the Jays can look into Vlad.

    • Chris K - Jan 3, 2011 at 8:53 PM

      Why stop at Vlad? Let’s get Cliff Lee and Grady Sizemore!

  3. bobbcronin - Jan 3, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    And Bartolo Colon, and Pedro Martinez. . . While you are at it, why not trade for Javier Vazquez!

  4. Chris K - Jan 4, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    I think it’s fun just naming Montreal Expos players. Rocky Biddle!

  5. proudlycanadian - Jan 4, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Toronto’s young GM is from Montreal and started his career with The Expos. He is obviously familiar with Cordero. I was surprised to find that Cordero is still only 28. He is young enough to still have some upside potential.
    So far, there is no mention of Cordero in the Toronto newspapers. The team has said nothing. The only source for the story is Cordero’s agent.

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