The Washington Times - March 13, 2009, 08:02PM

Just heard from a source close to Chad Cordero that the Nationals watched their former closer throw several times this spring, but never made him a formal offer. Cordero signed a minor-league deal with the Mariners last night.

That’s not too surprising, considering the Nationals seemed to have some doubt that Cordero would be ready to go by the start of the season after tearing his labrum last July. But Seattle is reportedly looking at Cordero as a possible closer again, though not until he’s up to full strength.


Mark and I had wondered whether the Nationals’ relationship with Cordero would be healthy again now that Jim Bowden, whose July revelation that Cordero would be non-tendered angered the right-hander. But the relationship appears to be a moot point. That the Nationals would sign Julian Tavarez and Kip Wells before Cordero shows they just didn’t have enough faith in their former All-Star’s health to bring him back at a reduced rate.