The Chicago White Sox may not need to use Jimmy Cordero once he is healthy again.
Jimmy Cordero was once Rick Renteria’s favorite relief pitcher. He appeared in 30 of the White Sox 60 games in 2020. That number was the second-highest total amongst American League relievers. Now that Rick Renteria is out the door, Cordero is likely to soon follow. The 29-year old right-hander hasn’t played a game for the White Sox this season after landing on the 60-day disabled list due to Tommy John’s surgery.
Cordero is only signed through the 2021 season and the White Sox won’t be jumping out of their chairs to sign him. His 6.08 ERA in 2020 doesn’t help matters. Besides being known for rolling his sleeve up to pitch, the only noteworthy thing he did last season was get ejected for hitting Wilson Contreras with a pitch in the seventh inning of a July 29th contest.
He did give the White Sox hope with his 6.3 inherited runners scoring percentage. Cordero also ended the season with a career-high 13.2 scoreless innings streak. The White Sox had hoped that he would build off that success but after just two spring training appearances, his season was done. He did pitch in the Dominican Winter League so all the innings he threw may have finally taken a toll on him. Either way, he has thrown his last pitch with the White Sox.