The Florida Marlins are taking a look at Chad Cordero.
Cordero, who made just six appearances in 2008 after arm injuries cut his season short, has been throwing off flat surfaces and is expected to begin throwing off the mound in mid-February. His agent, Larry Reynolds, said the Marlins are one of about a dozen teams interested in his client. But since he hasn't shown what he can do on the mound yet, no offers have been made.
Cordero is coming off surgery to repair/reconstruct his right shoulder labrum and his bicep muscle which took place on July 8, 2008.
The typical recovery time is 12 months before a player is ready to pitch at the major league level again. But even when he can pitch, it is a shoulder injury and normally takes additional time until he returns to form, if he ever does.
Oh, in case you were wondering, some of the other teams looking at him were the Mets, Diamondbacks, Brewers, Twins, Rangers and Nationals.
When he starts throwing off the mound sometime next month, there are two possibilities.
1) He looks good, as in with some more rehab he could be useful. If that is the case, the Marlins won't be able to outbid anyone for his services.
2) He looks like a someone who is still recovering from shoulder surgery and isn't anywhere near close to ready. At which case, why would you want him?
The only way Cordero will be on the big club is if the Marlins add him to it after the All-Star break. Of course, if everyone passes him by because he is far from ready, and he is willing to sign a minor league contract, then I guess it is possible he could rehab in the minors for the Marlins. But that is a stretch, I mean, he guy earned $6.5 million last year and I don't think he would be willing to drop his price into the Marlins price range.