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Blue Jays ditch Francisco Cordero as fill-in closer, turn to Casey Janssen

May 9, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

Francisco Cordero AP

Sergio Santos is still a few weeks from returning from a shoulder injury, but Francisco Cordero‘s time filling in for him as the Blue Jays’ closer is over now.

Cordero’s latest ugly outing last night involved blowing his third save in five tries, leaving him with a 9.53 ERA, and the Blue Jays have stripped him of closing duties in favor of Casey Janssen.

And it sounds like Cordero has essentially been demoted to mop-up man, with Gregor Chisholm of reporting that the Blue Jays will use Jason Frasor, Darren Oliver, and Luis Perez as Janssen’s setup men.

Cordero saved 37 games with a 2.45 ERA for the Reds last season, but his velocity was down and his strikeout rate plummeted to a career-low 5.4 per nine innings. He couldn’t find a closing job as a free agent, settling for a one-year, $4.5 million setup man deal from the Blue Jays.

Janssen has just nine career saves, including no more than two in any of the past four years, but if the first six weeks of this season has taught us anything it’s that being a “proven closer” doesn’t mean a damn thing.

  1. ocon171 - May 9, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Thank god. Please hurry back Santos

  2. beefytrout - May 9, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    “He couldn’t find a closing job as a free agent, settling for a one-year, $4.5 million setup man deal from the Blue Jays.”

    Good work if you can get it, I guess!

  3. proudlycanadian - May 9, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Cordero realizes that he earned his demotion. I wonder if we can trade him to the Red Sox if he gets his ERA down a bit lower.

  4. cur68 - May 9, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Thank dog. See ya, Frank. Don’t let the Beaver-Proof Door hit your bee-hind on the way out.

  5. biasedhomer - May 9, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Janssen is not any good either.

  6. proudlycanadian - May 9, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    I expect that Mighty Casey will get the save today.

  7. proudlycanadian - May 9, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Three up and 3 down. Mighty Casey got the save today.

  8. hojo20 - May 9, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    I love that picture, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

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