ST. PAUL, MINN. - At the age of 29, former Washington Nationals closer Chad Cordero has announced his retirement.
Cordero, a 2005 All-Star, never returned to form after injuring his shoulder in 2008. He underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in July of the same year, but would appear in just nine more major league games during the remainder of his career.
Drafted by the Montreal Expos in the first round of the 2003 draft, Cordero made his big league debut on August 30 of that same season. The right-hander truly came into his own during the 2005 campaign, when he guided the Nationals through a surprising pennant race with a league-leading 47 saves. For his efforts, Cordero finished fifth in the Cy Young Award voting and 14th in NL MVP balloting.
He registered 29 saves in 2006, blew nine of 46 save attempts in 2007 and, following an injury-marred 2008, was not resigned by Washington.
Cordero inked a deal with the Mariners in 2009 and, in 2010, appeared in nine games, going 0-1 with a 6.52 ERA.
Over the past two seasons, Cordero spent time with both the Mets' and Blue Jays' minor league affiliates, before calling it quits as a member of the independent St. Paul Saints.