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Red Sox “backing off” free agent closer Francisco Cordero

Dec 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

Francisco Cordero AP

Earlier this week the Red Sox were said to be among a handful of teams pursuing free agent Francisco Cordero, but now John Tomase of the Boston Herald reports that they’re “backing off” and “it appears we can cross Cordero off their list of potential closers.”

Tomase suggests that Cordero’s desire for a multi-year deal at age 37 is what soured the Red Sox on him, particularly with his strikeout rate plummeting in 2011.

By trading for Mark Melancon last week the Red Sox have a potential closer option in place, but pursuing Ryan Madson is still possible if his demands continue to drop and they’ve also been linked to A’s closer Andrew Bailey.

  1. bozosforall - Dec 22, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Doesn’t matter…the chokers won’t make the playoffs again this coming season.

    • trevorb06 - Dec 22, 2011 at 11:45 AM

      With your line of work, you’d know a thing or two about choking… especially while kneeling.

    • Ari Collins - Dec 22, 2011 at 11:52 AM

      Choking in the ’04 playoffs and then failing to win a single postseason series the next four years didn’t prevent the Yankees from winning it all in ’09.

      Nor did winning in ’04 and ’07 prevent the Sox from choking in ’11.

      Franchises are not cursed or blessed. Go back to sports talk radio.

    • bobwsc - Dec 22, 2011 at 12:23 PM

      you’ve been quiet lately – thought maybe you sat in the garage with the car running.

      • trevorb06 - Dec 22, 2011 at 1:00 PM

        Do you think he’d invite Fioren… oh nevermind.

      • baseballisboring - Dec 22, 2011 at 5:39 PM

        I know, it’s been strangely quiet and peaceful. I was really enjoying it.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Dec 22, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Madson’s market is plummeting, he’d probably do good in Boston, they may be able to get him on a deal similar to Heath Bell. If he does sign with the Sox, I hope they use a “Trading Places” screen cap for the post! 😀

    • Ari Collins - Dec 22, 2011 at 11:59 AM

      Madson’s good, and Heath Bell money for him wouldn’t be terrible. But I’d still rather they spend that money on the Roy Oswalts and Edwin Jackson’s of the world, who could help a lot more.

    • trevorb06 - Dec 22, 2011 at 11:59 AM

      That’d be too good. The Sox and Phils trade pitchers only the Sox get the better one for cheaper and the Phils overpay for the lesser pitcher. RAJ took one step backwards with that signing, which still leaves him many steps ahead of most other GMs.

      • Ari Collins - Dec 22, 2011 at 12:05 PM

        Madson will likely be a LOTbetter value, but Papelbon is still a better pitcher.

      • trevorb06 - Dec 22, 2011 at 1:01 PM

        I beg to differ on Papelbon being the better pitcher, but hey that’s why the games are played so at the end of the season we can see who is right.

  3. boucha01 - Dec 22, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    go to if you want the latest redsox news instead of this website

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