The Washington Nationals announced this morning that they acquired right-handed reliever Jimmy Cordero from the Philadelphia Phillies in return for a PTBNL.
Cordero, 25, was one of two right-handers the Phillies acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in return for Ben Revere when the Phillies dealt the veteran outfielder (now with the Nationals) in late July 2015.
Cordero pitched at four levels of the Phillies’ system in 2016, going (2-3) with a 5.00 ERA in 22 games and 27 IP, as he dealt with bicep and shoulder injuries.
As the Nationals noted in their press release on the deal, “Cordero has excelled at Double-A – working to a 2.80 ERA in 54 2⁄3 innings of work with two saves at the advanced level,” and, “Cordero has appeared in just one game above Double-A, a 1 1⁄3-inning outing with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this past season.”
The Nationals also pointed to Cordero’s ability to limit home runs (he’s allowed just 10 in 170 1⁄3 IP in the minors in his career).
The Phillies designated Cordero for assignment back on November 18th.
The Nationals added the Dominican-born right-hander to their 40-Man roster after acquiring him, so they now have 38 players on the 40-Man.