Just five days after being designated for an assignment, Phillies reliever, Jimmy Cordero was traded to NL East rivals, the Washington Nationals.
There has not yet been any official announcement as to whether the Phillies will receive cash or a player to be named at a later time.
In 2015, at age 25, Cordero was acquired by the Phillies from the Toronto Blue Jays, in a trade for Ben Revere. If Cordero makes the Nationals, he and Revere will once again be teammates.
At the time of his arrival, Cordero showed much potential, as well as a triple-digit fastball, unfortunately, he was unable to remain healthy.
During spring training of the 2016 season, Cordero suffered a shoulder injury, which kept him out until July 1.
After extensive rest and rehabilitation, he went on to make a combined 18 appearances with Single A Clearwater, Double A Reading and Triple A Lehigh Valley, earning himself a 5.64 ERA. He struck out only 12 batters in 22⅓ innings.
Last Friday, the Phillies designated Cordero for an assignment, with the intent to open up an additional spot on the 40-man roster.
When a player is designated for assignment, the team in given 10 days to place him on waivers, trade him, release him or send him down to the minor leagues.
Alberto Tirado, the other reliever acquired from the Blue Jays in the Revere deal in 2015, was one of the 11 players the Phillies added to the 40.
Along with Tirado, among the pitchers added to the final 40-man roster were Drew Anderson, Mark Appel, Elniery Garcia, Ben Lively, Ricardo Pinto and Nick Pivetta.
In addition, right-handed pitcher, David Buchanan, who was designated for an assignment along last Friday, along with Cordero, was released by the Phillies on Wednesday. So far, at the major league level, Buchanan has earned himself an 8-17 record, with a 5.01 ERA, in 35 career starts.
In the end, relievers with big-time velocity are always in demand, so it should not come as a surprise that another club decided to take a chance on Cordero.
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