In what amounted to a spring training bloodbath, the Angels cut nine players from their major-league camp roster Sunday.
Cordero, who grew up in Chino and rose to prominence at Cal State Fullerton, was attempting to come back after not pitching in the majors since 2010. He could still work his way back to Anaheim with a good showing in Salt Lake. Given the need for quality arms in Anaheim — the Angels’ ERA is the worst in baseball — that’s a distinct possibility.
Mills was out of options so he could not be assigned to the minors without clearing waivers first. The left-hander allowed four runs in six Cactus League innings.
Outfielder Scott Cousins was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake and reliever Nick Maronde was optioned to Double-A Arkansas. The Angels reassigned right-hander Fernando Cabrera, catcher Luke Carlin, right-hander Kevin Johnson and outfielder Matt Young to their minor-league camp.
The Angels now have 35 players in camp and 38 players on the 40-man roster. Among non-roster invitees, only five remain: left-handed relief specialist Mitch Stetter, catcher Chris Snyder, and infielders Brendan Harris and Luis Rodriguez, and outfielder J.B. Shuck.