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Reds “hold little hope of re-signing” closer Francisco Cordero

Dec 5, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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At one point this offseason the Reds were said to be interested in bringing back Francisco Cordero, but now John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that they “hold little hope of re-signing” the 36-year-old closer.

Fay speculates that Cordero might even be willing to re-sign on a one-year deal because the closer market is over-saturated, but doesn’t seem to think the Reds should do that or will do that, pointing to in-house candidates like Bill Bray, Sam LeCure, Jose Arredondo, Brad Boxberger.

He also tosses out Edinson Volquez as a possible closer option, which makes some sense if he doesn’t have a rotation spot. Volquez has just four career relief appearances, three of which came as a rookie in 2005, but he certainly has the raw stuff to thrive in short outings and hasn’t been the same as a starter since arm surgery.

Cordero saved 37 games with a 2.45 ERA this year, but his strikeout rate plummeted to a career-low 5.4 per nine innings and most closer-needy teams seem to view him largely as a fallback option.

  1. 78mu - Dec 5, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Hey, if Ryan Franklin can make the All-Star game as a closer how hard can it be to find a replacement for Cordero?

  2. 2r2d - Dec 5, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Volquez or Sam LeCure would be good in house solutions if they really can’t get Cordero back.

  3. cintiphil - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    I think LeCure is a good candidate, but not Volquez. the other candidates are Nick Masset or Wood, or even Chapman if he can’t start. Volquez is too uncertain and can give up too much for the first inning he pitches. That doesn’t make for a good closer. A guy has to be lights out for at least the first two or three batters he faces. Volquez is not that kind of guy most of the time.

    • cintiphil - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:49 PM

      I forgot to mention Ondrusek the set up guy now. he can be a lights out guy when he is on. They can develop him.

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