Former closer Chad Cordero wants to make a comeback

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Chad Cordero hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2010 and hasn’t been healthy and effective in the same season since 2007, but the former All-Star closer is apparently preparing for a comeback next year.

Bill Ladson of MLB.com caught up with Cordero at yesterday’s Nationals-Dodgers game and reports that he’s “in great shape after losing 25 pounds by being on Weight Watchers.”

Rarely do we get to add another name to the “Best Shape Of His Life” list during the season, so this is an exciting day.

As for Cordero, he never really recovered from a torn labrum five years ago. The injury sapped his velocity and turned him into a shell of the guy who saved a league-leading 47 games with a 1.82 ERA for the Nationals in 2005 and was an effective closer in 2006 and 2007. In fact, in the five years since the injury Cordero has thrown a grand total of 14 innings.

Cordero is still just 30 years old and is certainly worth rooting for, but his comeback has some pretty long odds.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.