"I feel great," said Cordero, who didn't hook on with any Major League teams last season. "I feel good. I got in great shape. I lost 32 pounds back in the Dominican. I'm healthy, which is the good thing about it. I'm clearly healthy right now, and my arm is good. I feel great. I feel like a little boy, one of those young guys when they first got invited to Spring Training. That's how I feel."
In a 14-year-career, Cordero has amassed 329 saves, most recently serving as a closer with the Reds in 2011.
If he can be effective again, Cordero could deepen Boston's setup crew and even provide some depth in the event that 38-year-old closer Koji Uehara has an injury.
For Cordero, the opportunity to resume his career with the Red Sox seemed almost too good to be true. He signed a Minor League deal that included no guarantees, except for an invitation to Major League camp.
"Why? Because they're World Series champs," Cordero said. "They gave me a chance and an opportunity to come here to Spring Training trying to make the team. I'm real glad and really happy that the World Series champs gave me a chance to be a part of what was and already is a great team."
Even though Cordero didn't pitch in 2013, he never considered himself retired.
"I never stopped thinking about that. I wanted to pitch last year," Cordero said. "Talking about myself, I can say it's not about the money. I love this game. I've been in this game for so long. My first time was in 1994. Twenty years later? It's just a love of the game. I really love this game. I have a passion for it. I want to keep pitching until I think I can't pitch. When I see it as being over, you have a good career and they say it's time to go home, then I'll say, 'I'm going home.' But that's not how I feel right now."
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.