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Red Sox among four teams interested in Francisco Cordero

Dec 20, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that Cordero would prefer to return to the Reds.

8:15 PM: ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported earlier this afternoon that the Red Sox have “increased dialogue” with free agent closer Francisco Cordero. Alex Speier of WEEI.com hears similar information from his sources, but he was also told by Cordero’s agent, Bean Stringfellow, that his list of potential destinations has been narrowed down to four teams who are willing to give multi-year contracts.

“With the interest we’ve received, we’ve been exploring multi-year deals and we’re very confident that’s where we’re going to end up,” said Stringfellow. “The teams that we’ve spoken to, none of them have balked at that of the four remaining clubs.”

Stringfellow wouldn’t confirm the specific teams involved, but Speier writes that the Red Sox, Reds and Angels are believed to be interested. The Reds declined Cordero’s $12 million option for 2012 in late-October, but are interested in bringing the veteran right-hander back at a lesser annual salary.

Cordero, who turns 37 in May, posted a 2.35 ERA and 37 saves in 43 chances this past season, but he also had the lowest strikeout rate and velocity of his career. He at least adapted by increasing his ground ball rate and cutting back on the free passes, but a lucrative multi-year deal could be a big risk.

  1. rollinghighwayblues - Dec 20, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Bean= Great Baseball Name
    Stringfellow= Great Baseball Name

    Bean+ Stringfellow= Baseball Magic!

    • dan1111 - Dec 20, 2011 at 8:32 PM

      Apparently (Baseball Magic) = 2 * (Great Baseball Name).

  2. dan1111 - Dec 20, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    His strikeout rate hasn’t been that great for 3 years. A big part of last year’s success seemed to be allowing fewer hits than normal (luck) and having no one on base when he gave up home runs (more luck). I hope they don’t commit too much money.

  3. mojosmagic - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    What is the deal with Ryan Madson? Does he have bad breath or something.

    • bigxrob - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:41 PM

      Scott Boras

  4. firemarshal1 - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    Codero = stressful save or blown save

  5. metalhead65 - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    good luck to whoever signs him. make sure you keep your heart medication hand because as firemarshal1 says any save he gets is never easy. he ay 1-2-3 1 night then walk 4 straigt guys the next or givie up the tying run before getting the outs he needs to get out of the inning. he is not worth the big bucks or a multi-year deal that goes with it.

  6. wolfwrack - Dec 21, 2011 at 7:11 AM

    It’s pronounced B-A-I-L-E-Y

  7. purnellmeagrejr - Dec 21, 2011 at 8:33 AM

    It seems as though none of the closers this year really justify the huge salaries they’re commanding; I wouldn’t want Cordero, Rodriguez, Madson, Papelbon, Bell and whoever else I might be forgetting for 10-13 mil annually. Then, on the other hand, I’d hate to see my team blow 15 leads in the late innings. The Mets have gottenaround this problem buy designing a team that is almost guaranteed to never have a lead in the late innnings. Fiendishly clever, that Sandy Alderson.

    • orangeflh - Dec 21, 2011 at 9:46 AM

      “The Mets have gottenaround this problem buy designing a team that is almost guaranteed to never have a lead in the late innnings. Fiendishly clever, that Sandy Alderson.”

      Well played.

  8. cintiphil - Dec 21, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    He is worth giving a try. I would not pay too much for Cordero, even though I like the guy very much. I think his time has come and passed him by. He has too many games with men getting on base and had high blown saves last year. He used to be almost a 1-2-3 lites out closer. NO MORE!

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