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The Reds, Francisco Cordero in contract talks

Sep 26, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

Francisco Cordero AP

The Reds hold a $12 million option on closer Francisco Cordero. They want him back. He wants to stay.  So it makes sense that they’re in talks with him right now over his future with the team.  A future that, given that they’re talking and not just exercising the option, probably means a two-year deal at a lower per annum.

Cordero has had a pretty darn good year for the Reds, with a 2.53 ERA and a 0.975 WHIP in 66 appearances.  While a $12 million outlay for a closer is a lot, the failure of Aroldis Chapman to build on his 2010 success likely has the Reds mindful of how valuable a sure-thing closer can be. And if they can break that money up over a couple of years it will be much easier to take.

  1. brockw82 - Sep 26, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    How has Chapman not built on his 2010 season, he has been great since his initial struggles this season?

  2. cggarb - Sep 26, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Exactly. Chapman had one bad stretch in May. Here’s what he did after returning from the minors:

    36.0 IP, 17 H, 20 BB, 55 K (13.75 K/9)

    Opponents hit: .145 .270 .214 .484

    There’s still work to be done, but that’s building. I don’t want him to be a closer, b/c it’s a waste of his talents. But Cordero is going to fall off a cliff at some point in the next two years. I have no clue why Jocketty is insisting that it happen on his watch.

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