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Don't worry. Brims can be flattened.

There may be pictures coming out of Nationals' spring training of Chad Cordero, the closer (who currently doesn't have a contract, which we'll get to in a minute, after more important matters are dealt with). Those pictures will show Cordero wearing one of the new Nationals' spring training caps (which are basically No. 20 Tony Stewart Home Depot Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet hats in a different color). And those pictures will show that the brim on that cap will be bent.

Chad Cordero. Cap. Bent brim. Is this a permanant change?

"No way," he said a few minutes ago.

Cordero, of course, is known not only for the 47 saves he had two seasons ago (leading the majors), but for the distinctive FLAT brim he wears, something he's been doing since college at Cal State-Fullerton. But these new caps -- to be worn only in spring training (the interlocking DC caps will still be used as the "alternate" caps during the season) -- don't flatten well.

"I tried and tried, and I couldn't do it," Cordero said. "It's tough."

This is not a continental shift in philosophy. When Cordero's allowed to wear the regular game hats (which haven't changed), he'll go back to the flat brim. Phew.

Less-important matters: Cordero and his agent, Larry Reynolds, met late yesterday afternoon with General Manager Jim Bowden. No deal yet to avoid Tuesday's scheduled salary arbitration, but Cordero still seems somewhat optimistic. A multi-year offer is on the table, but Cordero said he doesn't want to be "low-balled." We'll see what happens over the next several days.

OK, off to the fields to watch some PFPs. Oh, and some really helpful readers let me know who Carl Barger is. I think I should have known. We'll get to that a bit later.

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 16, 2007; 9:12 AM ET
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