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Mariners sign Chad Cordero, who isn't ready to pitch yet

The Seattle Mariners took a low-risk move by signing right-hander Chad Cordero, who just two years ago saved 37 games for the Washington Nationals, to a minor league contract.

Cordero, who turns 27 next week, hasn't pitched since early last year and is still recuprating from shoulder surgery last July.

"We are going to take it one step at a time, but we are optimistic that Chad can help us this season," general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "Chad has been a quality Major League closer and we look forward to his contributions to our ballclub in 2009."

Cordero has 128 career saves, 47 of them for the Nationals in 2005. In 305 big-league games, his record is 20-14 with a 2.78 ERA.

He has not pitched since having the labrum of his right shoulder operated on last year, but has been invited to camp as a non-roser invitee.