Former Nationals closer Chad Cordero, who saved a franchise-record 47 games with the club in 2005, has agreed to a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels with a chance to compete in spring training. Cordero has appeared in just 15 games since 2007 when he pitched 75 innings with the Nats.
Cordero last played in 2010 with the Mariners after a year absence from the majors, but he is only 30 years old. He has been attempting a comeback to the game and framed the news that way via his Twitter account on Wednesday:
comeback has officially begun.Just signed minor league deal with #Angels. Can't believe I might have a chance 2 play for my hometown team— Chad Cordero (@ChadCordero32) February 14, 2013
Cordero, fondly remembered as 'The Chief' by Nationals fans, spent six of his seven major league seasons in the organization. He debuted in 2003 as a member of the Montreal Expos and pitched two seasons in their bullpen before coming to D.C. with the team in 2005.
2005 was Cordero's best season overall with a 1.82 ERA and .969 WHIP to go along with the 47 saves. He earned an All-Star nod that season, finished fifth in Cy Young voting, and placed 14th in the MVP race. He holds a career 2.89 ERA in 314 MLB games with 128 total saves, good for second in franchise history behind Jeff Reardon (152).