Source: Mets close to Cordero deal

The Mets are close to signing reliever Chad Cordero to a minor league deal, a team source confirmed. The deal is not yet official.

Cordero became a free agent when the Seattle Mariners wanted to send him to Triple-A Tacoma, and he declined the option.

Cordero, 28, had a 6.52 ERA in 9 2/3 innings with the Mariners. He had a combined 113 saves from 2005 to 2007 with the Washington Nationals.

An All-Star closer for the Nationals in 2006, Cordero went on the disabled list twice during the 2008 season with a torn side muscle, torn labrum and torn biceps. He had season-ending shoulder surgery on July 8, 2008, and spent all of 2009 rehabilitating in the minors.

Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com. You can follow him on Twitter. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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