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Monday, April 12, 2010
Ex-closer Cordero working on comeback

Hey, Chad Cordero's back! Sort of. Cordero's pitching for the Mariners' Triple-A team after nearly two full seasons out of the majors. The Tacoma Tribune's Ryan Divish:
You might be thinking, "89 to 90, with a couple of 91s ... Pffttt. So what?"

Well, that's what Cordero does. In his four full seasons, Cordero totaled 127 saves and posted a 2.83 ERA, and all the while was throwing mostly 89- and 90-m.p.h. fastballs and 80-m.p.h. sliders (along with the occasional changeups). If you just looked at Cordero's stuff, you'd never guess how good he was.

How good was he? I don't know that I know. He didn't strike out an exceptionally large number of hitters. He didn't walk fewer hitters than average, or give up fewer homers than average. There was really nothing exceptional about Cordero, except his ERA ... and according to FanGraphs, his underlying statistics suggest an ERA roughly 4 rather than 3.

Which is to say, maybe he never should have been a closer and he probably won't be a closer again. If he's throwing 90 again and getting the ball where he wants it? There's no reason this former All-Star and Cy Young candidate can't at least be useful again.