Cordero Designated For Assignment By Indians

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) - Outfielder Wil Cordero, a major disappointment for the Cleveland Indians the past three seasons, was designated for assignment Monday.

Cordero was batting .222 (4-for-18) with one RBI in six games this season for the Indians, who have been reluctant to play the 30-year-old because of his lack of productivity. He is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $4 million this season.

By designating him for assignment, the Indians have 10 days to trade, release or send Cordero to the minors.

To take Cordero's roster spot, the Indians purchased the contract of first baseman Earl Snyder from Triple-A Buffalo.

Snyder, 25, came to Cleveland in the eight-player trade last December that sent Roberto Alomar to the New York Mets. Snyder was batting .250 with four homers and seven RBIs in 16 games for the Bisons.

Cordero was in his second stint with the Indians. He signed with Cleveland as a free agent in 1999 after playing for Montreal, Boston and Chicago.

During his two seasons with the Red Sox, Cordero pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife and received a 90-day suspended sentence. The couple is now divorced, and Cordero has custody of their two children.

The Pirates signed him as a free agent in 1999 but traded him back to the Indians for outfielder Alex Ramirez and infielder Enrique Wilson just before the trading deadline in 2000.

But Cordero never got it going upon his return to Cleveland.

He broke his hand at the end of the 2000 season. Last year, Cordero batted just .250 -- his lowest average since 1993 -- with one homer and 21 RBIs in 268 at-bats. During one stretch, he went 86 at-bats without driving in a run, and before hitting his homer on May 16, he had gone 257 at-bats without one.

Cordero came to spring training this season in great shape, hoping to show the Indians that he could still be a factor. He got a pinch-hit single in Sunday's loss at Minnesota, but it was one of the few times in the last three years that Cordero delivered.

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