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The Angels are one of four finalists to acquire free-agent reliever Francisco Cordero, his agent said, but it is unclear whether they are recruiting the veteran right-hander as a closer or set-up man.
Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto has maintained all winter that he is not looking to replace closer Jordan Walden, who as a rookie last season went 5-5 with a 2.98 earned-run average, 32 saves and 10 blown saves. Dipoto said he is open, however, to adding a reliever "who could help get the last nine outs of the game."
Cordero, 36, is a three-time All-Star who went 5-3 with a 2.45 ERA and 37 saves in 43 chances for the Cincinnati Reds last season, and he has been a closer for the last nine years.
But when asked if the Angels wanted Cordero as a closer or set-up man, Cordero's agent, Bean Stringfellow, said, "That's a delicate situation. I'd rather not comment."
Stringfellow did say that the Angels, who have already added veteran right-hander LaTroy Hawkins to their bullpen, "were one of the first teams to contact me about Cordero, and we've had regular contact with them throughout the winter -- they've been pretty consistent."
The Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays are also pursuing Cordero, and Stringfellow said the reliever is expected to make a decision "by the end of this week."
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The Toronto Blue Jays agreed to terms with closer Francisco Cordero on a one-year deal worth $4.5 million on Tuesday.
Cordero became a free agent after the Cincinnati Reds decided to pay his $1 million buyout. The righthander posted a 5-3 mark with a 2.45 ERA and converted 37 of 43 save opportunities last season, including 20 of 21 after the All-Star break.
The 36-year-old Cordero...
The man logged 150 saves for the Cincinnati Reds after many in baseball thought he was done. He’ll be 37 years old this season. Today, three-time All-Star Francisco “Coco” Cordero signed a one year, $4.5 million dollar contract with the Toronto Blue Jays in a move that bolsters their bullpen to one of the top pens in the American League.
Last season the Blue Jays had a stable...
Francisco Cordero. (MLB)It’s not that I don’t like the two relief pitchers. Brad Lidge will always have a place in my heart. He’ll go down as one of the best relievers in Phillies history, not to mention the most famous for his pose after throwing that beautiful slider to Carlos Ruiz in the 2008 World Series. We’ll always have those memories.Francisco Cordero has been one...
Wow, the market really collapsed for Francisco Cordero. It appears he is going to the Blue Jays…as a setup man.
I know I’m probably in the minority, but I’m a fully-paid member of the CoCo Fan Club. Sure, he had his occasional problems, and he frustrated me just as much as he did you guys. In the end, however, he was what you would call a “stand-up guy.”
On the heels of giving starter Brandon Morrow an extension, the Blue Jays struck again, signing free agent reliever Francisco Cordero to a one year, $4.5 million contract. After spending the last eight years closing for the Rangers, Brewers and Red, Cordero will be heading to a set-up role for newly acquired Toronto closer Sergio Santos.
After some fantastic years in his prime (six...
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The January 24th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Francisco Cordero to chose between Angels...
The Blue Jays have agreed to terms with free-agent reliever Francisco Cordero, according to an MLB.com source.
The Toronto Blue Jays have reached agreement on a one-year, $4.5 million contract with free-agent reliever Francisco Cordero, a baseball source told ESPN.com.