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Chad Cordero's Next Home: Minnesota?

When Chad Cordero and the Nationals made a long, protracted divorce official in the offseason, there was plenty of speculation about where Cordero would end up.

Well, after only vague interest throughout the offseason, Cordero is getting some late interest from the Twins, who have relief money left over after not re-signing Dennys Reyes and failing (luckily) to sign Eric Gagne after they offered him $3 million earlier in the offseason.

The latest report of Minnesota interest comes from the Star-Tribune MLB writer Joe Christensen, who claims that the Twins would need to see some type of a workout to prove Cordero has recovered significantly from shoulder surgery.

That's not happening today, but the situation could arise where, like Joe Crede, Cordero knows he has a suitor waiting in the wings when he's ready to pitch again. How far away is Cordero? Given that 14 teams watched his February workout, he's still got some proving to do before teams agree that he's ready. There's been talk of Cordero waiting until the second half to come back, and that might be a realistic expectation given that his fastball reported topped out in the very low 80s during his workout.

What do people think? Would Cordero be a good fit in Minnesota? Could the Nationals make a late play to bring him back if he's healthy? And how would you feel about Cordero with one of the Nats' former rivals (like the Marlins, who've been rumored to be interested throughout much of the offseason)?

By Cameron Smith  |  March 10, 2009; 3:34 PM ET
Categories:  Nationals , Twins  
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Comments

Cordero has always been fun to watch Worked fast, threw strikes. But after a year or two, teams figured him out.He can't throw the ball by anybody. So If he doesn't find another pitch or two, I'm afraid he's in for a tough time of it.

Posted by: pstotts15 | March 11, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

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