Originally written on Razzball  |  Last updated 7/26/12
After acquiring Francisco Cordero in a 10 player trade with the Blue Jays, the Astros shipped out Brett Myers and his $10 million vesting option in 2013 to the White Sox, leaving the Astros’ closer role up in the air. On the one hand, Houston had Wilton Lopez and his 59.8% groundball and 6.00 K/BB rates. On the other hand, Cordero has had 329 saves in his career. On a third hand, which began as bacne in the late 90s and progressed into a full-fledged arm in the first half of the 00s, Cordero had a 5.77 ERA and 1.81 WHIP with the Blue Jays. He’s also 37 years old, his fastball has lost 3 MPH since 2006, and his 9.0% swinging strike rate is the second worst mark of his career. The Astros chose the mutated limb and anointed it its closer, and 8 baserunners, 6 runs, and 2 blown saves in consecutive days have left fans wondering why the team has both a third arm and Francisco Cordero on its roster. With nothing to play for this season, I’ve got to think they’ll slot Lopez into the role s...
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