Thursday, March 12, 2009
Chad Cordero--A Seattle Mariner
The phone call came late this evening to our house.
Chad Cordero had signed with The Seattle Mariners.
"The Most Thrilling Closer In The Game" no longer a Washington National. Our hearts sort of sunk. Yeah, we had been expecting this news for some time, but once the reality hit--it still was difficult to take. The African Queen loves "The Chief" and Chad Cordero had been very kind to us.
The negotiations had come down to three serious offers. The Mariners, The Texas Rangers and The Los Angeles Dodgers were all in the running. The rumored Minnesota Twins were never in serious pursuit--neither were Our Washington Nationals. The New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Angels and Arizona Diamondbacks never made solid offers. As it turns out, Number 32 took the lesser of the three final offers--a non guaranteed $750,000 plus incentives, an invitation to Major League Camp and the opportunity to pitch in The Majors this season. Chad Cordero in line now to become The Closer for the rebuilding Mariners. No other team offered such a role. The Dodgers had offered more money over two days ago. The Rangers a little less, although neither guaranteeing any Major League Position--only a promise they would consider Cordero in their bullpen sometime in the future.
Chad Cordero wanting to play in the Major Leagues this year, in a closer role, on a one-year deal. Cordero to report to camp in Peoria, Arizona Friday.
Deep down, The African Queen and I really wanted to see Chad return to Our Washington Nationals. Washington needs some bullpen help right now. But we understand the business aspect of the game and we wish him well. Best thing about this deal--Sohna's cousins live in Seattle. We will be heading out to Washington State sometime this year to watch "The Most Thrilling Closer In The Game" pitch again for his new Home Team.
Chad Cordero believes he can be pitching in a Major League Game by May. How different might this outcome have been if Our Former General Manager had not verbally non-tendered Chad on the radio last summer?