Cordero: I just wanted to get something done
Talked for a bit to Chad Cordero, and we'll leave some of it for the $.35/.50-edition (still grappling with how to handle that). But his major emotion: Relief.
"I just went in and told my agent to do what he could to get it done," Cordero said, speaking of his representative, Larry Reynolds. "I didn't want to go through the whole process. ... To have to go through all that, it really takes a toll on somebody."
Last year, Cordero had to take off in spring training, fly to Phoenix, go through the hearing - in which the club basically tries to say why their employee doesn't deserve what he's asking for - and then fly back to Viera. He said it's quite disruptive.
The two sides, Cordero said, really didn't talk much about a multi-year deal, which he said is fine with him.
Some other stuff: Also talked to Jason Bergmann, who's in the District getting ready for the Winter Tour events he'll be at. Bergmann is one of a growing group of players who have moved to the Melbourne/Viera area - joining Shawn Hill (whose wife -- apparently a Nationals Journal reader who is aware of my, um, feelings for her husband's sinker - is from the area) and former Nats such as Jamey Carroll and Ryan Church. Matt Chico is breaking ground on a house there, too, and plans to relocate for next offseason, I'm told.
Bergmann said he's looking forward to interacting with fans the next few days.
"I didn't get the opportunity last year, even though I lived close by," said Bergmann, who has lived in his native New Jersey and Pennsylvania in previous offseasons. "But I think it'll be a lot of fun. I think we're going to get a lot of fan support this year, especially with the new stadium. Nothing against RFK, but when you get to move into a new ballpark with a team with some promise, it changes everything. I think the fans are definitely looking up for this team, the organization and this city."
Final notes for the week: Congrats to two recently married Nationals. Chico got married in his native California last week (the Hills were among those who attended), and Justin Maxwell wed right here in the District (he's from Olney, Md., if you recall, and is a former Terp). May everything be blissful.
Enjoy your weekend.
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