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Francisco Cordero drawing wide interest

Nov 14, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

Francisco Cordero AP

Maybe he’s not the most unbiased source on the planet, but Francisco Cordero’s agent tells’s Mark Sheldon that his client is drawing interest from “seven or eight teams.”

Cordero wants to come back to Cincinnati, but it’s worth noting that the Reds are not going to pay Papelbonian prices for a closer.  And there are lots of other options on the market, such as Ryan Madson, Heath Bell, Joe Nathan, Francisco Rodriguez, Frank Francisco, Matt Capps, Jonathan Broxton and Brad Lidge. And of course they could just try to plug in Arolids Chapman if they’re feeling adventurous.

Yeah, I said “Papelbonian.” Wanna fight about it?

  1. joshfrancis50 - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Not sure if you write your own headlines, but if so, you accidentally dropped “for some reason” off the back end.

    • Kyle - Nov 14, 2011 at 5:38 PM

      That’s good stuff, right there.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    And Craig pushed the button the sent his post to HBT. His new favorite adjective this winter was now Papelbonian: used to describe contracts that paid way too much money for way too many years for certain players.

    “Besides it rolls nicely in a phrase, what do you think Cinco Ocho?” he asked rhetorically as he reached for his bubble pipe sitting next to the Jonathan Papelbon bobblehead. It arrived this morning on his side table still in boston uniform but some … err.. Phanatic … had dressed it in a Philies jersey and put a cloth cap on it to disguise it. The tag read: CINCO OCHO RULZ

    Jeez, can’t they wait for the Phillie Merchandising machine to go into action? Speaking of which he glanced at the Ryan Madson bobblehead next to Papelbon that looked quite tragic with a tag reading: ET TU RUBE?

    “Not to worry Ryan, you’ll get your Papelbonian contract soon enough. On the bright side it could have been the Madsonian contract we could have subjected everyone to this Winter…

  3. philsieg - Nov 14, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    It’s November 14th. Anything this side of the morgue is drawing interest.

  4. uuddlrlrbastart - Nov 14, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Cordero is coming off a contract that paid him $12.1 million each of the last three years. You could make the argument that the Reds set the market for Papelbonian contracts.

  5. cintiphil - Nov 14, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Cordero is a favorite in Cinti, however has shown some wearing down in the past year. Don’t know if it is the age catching up, or if he just had an off year. Anyway, we would like to see him back, but not at the price paid the past few years. We do have a closer or two in the wings but a known quantity is much better than a “prospect” closer. Hope he stays here.

    • contraryguy - Nov 14, 2011 at 7:33 PM

      150 saves in 4 years for the Reds… but also 24 blown. Hardly ‘this side of the morgue’, but he makes things a little too exciting in the 9th to warrant top dollar. The Reds might be better served if they hunt for some more productive middle relief or that elusive starter instead of worrying about the closer.

      • cintiphil - Nov 15, 2011 at 10:51 AM

        They can hunt all they want, but need to resign Cordero. Otherwise, you can get caught with your pants down and without a closer of some experience as did the Redbirds last season. They were very lucky to get a guy to close after Franklin blew 6-7 saves in a row. The same thing can happen here, and don’t doubt it. The Reds have to find a guy to take over the spot, but you can’t go with a maybe. They have a couple of guys who MIGHT be able to fill in, but almost untested at this point.

      • stlouis1baseball - Nov 15, 2011 at 11:59 AM

        I hear you Contrary. All my buddies are down on him…and for the most part…it appears to the be the 24 blown saves (which equates to 6 a year). I have no doubt teams are interested. As I told them (speaking as a Cardinals fan who’s team released their Closer in June)…be careful what you wish for. Cause’ not signing CoCo could come back to bite you (6 blown saves a year or not). The Guys numbers stack up to most of the upper tier Closers in MLB over the last several years.

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