Blue Jays: Jimmy Cordero claimed off waivers by Seattle

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 21: Jimmy Cordero #52 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the New York Mets during the eighth inning at Nationals Park on September 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 21: Jimmy Cordero #52 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the New York Mets during the eighth inning at Nationals Park on September 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /
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RHP Jimmy Cordero has been claimed off waivers by the Seattle Mariners, the team announced Monday.

According to an official team announcement, the Seattle Mariners have claimed right-handed pitcher Jimmy Cordero off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. Cordero has been assigned to Triple-A Tacoma, per the announcement.

Cordero, 27, was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on May 23th after being recalled to the big-league club just two days earlier.

On May 15th, the Blue Jays claimed Cordero off waivers from the Washington Nationals after he’d been designated for assignment on May 9th.

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Interestingly enough, Cordero actually began his career with the Blue Jays, signing with the team as an international free agent in January 2012.

Three years later, Cordero, a native of San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic, was dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies in the Ben Revere trade on July 31, 2015. In December 2016, the Phillies sent Cordero to Washington in a minor trade.

In 19.0 big-league innings with Washington in 2018, he pitched to an ERA of 5.68, striking out 12 and walking 12 in 22 games, allowing 12 earned runs and finishing three games.

In just a single appearance with the Blue Jays, he got through an inning and a third, surrendering one earned run on two hits, facing five batters and allowing a home run.

In his only appearance with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, he pitched one scoreless inning, striking out two and facing the minimum, earning the win on May 22.

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According to Baseball Reference, Seattle’s three leading relief pitchers in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) are Brandon Brennan (0.9), Connor Sadzeck (0.5), and Cody Gearrin (0.4).

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