Indians Waive Cordero, Eat $4 Million Salary

CLEVELAND (AP) - Outfielder Wil Cordero was placed on waivers for the purpose of his unconditional release Monday by the Cleveland Indians, who will have to pay the rest of his $4 million salary.

Cordero was designated for assignment last week, giving the team 10 days to trade him, place him on waivers or send him outright to the minor leagues. He batted .222 (4-for-18) with one RBI in six games this season for the Indians, who were reluctant to play the 30-year-old because of his lack of productivity.

"He didn't really fit into our picture anymore," Indians manager Charlie Manuel said.

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

Pittsburgh traded Cordero back to Cleveland in 2000, but he never got it going upon his return to the Indians. He struggled while adjusting to being a part-time player after starting for most of his career.

Cordero broke his hand at the end of the 2000 season. Last year, he batted just .250 - his lowest average since 1993. During one stretch, he went 86 at-bats without driving in a run.

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