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Agent says Francisco Cordero has multi-year contract offers

Jan 3, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

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General manager Walt Jocketty revealed last week that the Reds have kept their one-year offer to Francisco Cordero on the table and the two sides continue to talk, but today agent Bean Stringfellow indicated that the veteran closer has multi-year offers from other teams.

“We’re making progress on a lot of fronts,” Stringfellow told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. “Multi-year contracts are definitely involved. The Reds are involved and are still interested in bringing him back. I am talking with them on a regular basis.”

Cordero is coming off a four-year, $45 million deal and saved 37 games last season, but he’s also 37 years old and saw his strikeout rate plummet to a career-low 5.4 per nine innings. Cincinnati declined his $12 million option for 2012, paying him a $1 million buyout instead.

Toss in the fact that Ryan Madson is still on the market and if Stringfellow can secure a multi-year contract for Cordero he’ll certainly have more than earned his commission.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 3, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    It’s adorable how all closers think they’ll be overpaid now because Papelbank was. Supply and demand, folks. If teams wanted to overpay for closers, they wouldn’t be trading for Huston Street and Andrew Bailey.

  2. thehollar - Jan 3, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    There is no way that that is his agent’s real name. But damn do I hope I’m wrong.

    • Marc - Jan 3, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      beat me to the punch sir, beat me to the punch

      • thehollar - Jan 4, 2012 at 2:06 AM

        I may have won this round, but rest assured that there are no losers where Bean Stringfellow is concerned.

        Bean Stringfellow.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 3, 2012 at 5:50 PM

      Sounds like the name of a guy in a Rowan Atkinson sketch.

    • hoopmatch - Jan 3, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      Would be funnier if his name was String Beanfellow.

    • deepstblu - Jan 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM

      Well, of course not. His real name is Thornton Bayne Stringfellow:

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=string001tho

  3. baseballisboring - Jan 3, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    5.4 K/9 from a 37 year old closer is icky.

    • JBerardi - Jan 3, 2012 at 6:42 PM

      It’s icky for a starter; for a reliever it’s apocalyptic. At best.

  4. bengalsredgreenshow - Jan 3, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    O. M. G. Pleeeease let that be that agents name… That would be the best late Christmas /early birthday present in my lifetime. Bean…. Stringfellow…. Ho-lee hell

  5. theonlynolan - Jan 3, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    In other news Bean Stringfellow remains one of the greatest names mankind has ever conjured up.

  6. crisisjunky - Jan 4, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    cool if he changed his middle name to Melon…..
    looks like his best year was ’87 with Greenville, 10-3, 3.46over @105 ip
    but never quite got coffee.

  7. adenzeno - Jan 4, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    What about KRod? I have heard Nada about him.

    • foreverchipper10 - Jan 4, 2012 at 5:35 PM

      Accepted arbitration to stay in Milwaukee.

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