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BASEBALL EXTRA | AROUND THE LEAGUE

Red Sox Give Cordero His Release

September 29, 1997|From wire reports

TORONTO — Wilfredo Cordero, facing a trial for assaulting his wife, was put on unconditional release waivers by the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, moments after a season-ending 3-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

"We felt it best to let him go and make a deal with another club," General Manager Dan Duquette said. "It just wasn't going to work out in Boston."

Cordero has been in trouble with Red Sox management since he was charged with assaulting and threatening to kill his wife after an incident June 11 at their home in Cambridge, Mass.

"We felt it was the most responsible way to resolve the situation," Duquette said. "It gives him the flexibility to get a new start."

The left fielder hit .281 with 18 homers and 72 RBIs.

Cordero faces a maximum of 2 1/2 years in prison on three of the charges and six months on the charge of making a threat.

Gene Orza, the union's No. 2 official, declined comment Sunday. "I want to see what went on," he said.

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