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UPDATE: Angels, Orioles, Phillies and Blue Jays pursuing Francisco Cordero

Jan 23, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

Francisco Cordero AP

UPDATE: According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels, Orioles, Phillies and Blue Jays are pursuing Cordero. Those are likely our four finalists.

6:40 PM ET:’s Alden Gonzalez reports that free agent Francisco Cordero is down to four teams and expects to make a decision by the end of the week.

Gonzalez confirms that the Angels are one of the clubs and suspects that the Phillies and Orioles are also involved. The Rays haven’t entered the bidding and don’t figure to after spending $7.25 million on Carlos Pena.

If the Angels sign Cordero, he’d replace Jordan Walden as the team’s closer. Walden was handed a spot on the AL All-Star team as a rookie, but he ended up blowing 10 save chances on the season.┬áThe Orioles would also use Cordero as a closer, while the Phillies would want him as a setup man for Jonathan Papelbon.

Cordero, 36, had a 2.45 ERA and 37 saves in 43 chances for the Reds last season. Cincinnati had some interest in re-signing him, but that was before it upgraded to Ryan Madson.

  1. SmackSaw - Jan 23, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Halos should get him and Ayala. What the hell? It’s Arte’s $$.

  2. mojosmagic - Jan 23, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Phils are pretty much payroll maxed out so this story sounds like it came from the agent

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 23, 2012 at 11:52 PM

      I agree that the list probably came from his agent.. The Jays do not need him now that they added Santos.

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