Cordero peaked with the Phillies after his arrival. In his first 13 appearances with Reading, Cordero posted a 2.12 ERA and 9.5 K/9. He steadily topped 100 MPH, and showed closer potential with a devastating slider that followed.
Injuries are going to be what hindered Cordero’s future in Philadelphia. After last season, the team protected Cordero and his electric arm from the Rule-5 draft by adding him to the 40-man roster, however this time around his arm injuries were too risky for the team to keep him on considering the amount of talent the team added to the 40-man.
Cordero was waived last week, but it just goes to show his potential that the team was able to anything for him (before entering waivers in which he would’ve been claimed) considering his injuries and poor showing in 2016.
If Cordero every remains healthy and learns how to throw strikes, this one may come back to haunt the Phillies, to whatever extent. Don’t expect it too, but the chance that it could does exist.
As mentioned, Cordero wasn’t placed on the 40-man roster last week so no corresponding move is required. However, here’s another example of GM Matt Klentak not wasting a players value.
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The Nationals could’ve risked not giving anything up (whatever the return ends up being), and hoped that Cordero would fall to them through waivers, as well as the Phillies. This not only shows Cordero’s value, but Klentak’s ability as a GM.
Klentak knew Cordero would be claimed by a poor team, so before he entered waivers, he dealt him to a good team with no chance at Cordero through waivers. Now the Nationals have an intriguing prospect, and the Phillies got a return for a player they were bound to lose for nothing.