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The Astros’ new closer is Francisco Cordero

Jul 21, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

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Veteran right-hander Francisco Cordero was unable to land a ninth-inning gig this past offseason and instead settled for a setup job and a one-year, $4.5 million free agent contract with the Blue Jays.

But he was traded to the Astros as part of Friday morning’s two-team, 10-player swap and has now stumbled back into his more familiar role.

From Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle comes word that Cordero has been named the Astros’ new closer, filling the spot left vacant by Saturday’s Brett Myers trade. It’s another crafty move by ‘Stros GM Jeff Luhnow, who may be able to get a bit of young talent out of the 37-year-old Cordero if he proves capable of retiring batters between now and the August 31 waiver deadline.

Cordero posted a rough 5.60 ERA and 1.75 WHIP in his 35 1/3 innings with Toronto, but lineups in the National League Central are considerably easier to navigate than those in the American League East.

  1. mydadyourmom - Jul 21, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Oh no. Good luck with that. He’s washed right up like an ole manatee.

  2. hittfamily - Jul 21, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    The Astros tried and failed to get Andrew Friedman, but they are still taking his gameplan huh. Sell of vets, suck, maximize draft picks, be good again.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 21, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    The Jays were happy to trade Cordero. As long as Houston is paying him, I do not care how well he pitches in the NL.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:58 AM

      the Jays the Jays, hey proudly!! WAKE THE HELL UP!!! YOUR TEAM HAS NOTHING!!! Nobody cares about the JAYS!!! Is it possible for you to think son?? The Jays have gotten worse over the years, all those sandwich picks have done NOTHING asshole!!! wake up and smell the coffee!!! THe MLB should really close shop on the jays for real, i am not kiddng they are worse then the expos EVER were!! Please MLB and do everyone a favor and NIX this team!!! MY GOD!! soo sad!!!

      • 32bigg - Jul 22, 2012 at 10:25 AM

        Let us know when that heart attack hits harold. I could use a good laugh.

        And if you really hated the Jays, you wouldn’t afford them the courtesy of capitalizing the first letter in the name. You’re a hater poser. Posers are losers.

      • cur68 - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:06 PM

        I could tell from the smell that you were here, ‘harry. Well, remember to wash your hands after flinging your poo, eh? At least before you pick your tooth, that is. I’m sure a “Yankee Fan” like yourself has much to offer discussions on “your team”, so at least try for some semblance of hygiene.

      • jon623 - Jul 22, 2012 at 5:24 PM

        Wow. That’s a whole lot of immature hatred. Cool your jets there, buddy. No need for that type of ridiculous, arrogant behavior. Lets act like an adult, shall we?

  4. A.J. - Jul 21, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Sounds like the Astros are really committed to their getting the 1st pick strategy.

    Just for reference, 2009. That’s the last season in which Francisco Cordero outpitched Wilton Lopez, his new set-up man.

    But he’s got the Veteran Presents!

    • redsoxsabres94 - Jul 22, 2012 at 6:01 PM

      He brought presents with him? Wow! A team like the Astros could sure use some gifts from someone making the kind of money he is.

      PS *Presence.

      • A.J. - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:11 PM

        It’s a Keith Law joke. People love a veteran closer, but when a pitcher just doesn’t have it anymore, the experience doesn’t keep them from gifting the other teams wins.

        Veteran’s presents.

  5. whodeytn - Jul 21, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    As a Reds fan, I can’t wait to see Fat Face blow game after game

    • savvybynature - Jul 22, 2012 at 9:22 PM

      As a Reds fan, I appreciate that Cordero was always a professional and did a TON of great work in his community, not to mention was an above average closer despite the seemingly nightly heart attacks he gave fans.

      While I am dubious as to his ability to bounce back, I wish him the best of luck wherever he goes.

  6. trybe29dr - Jul 21, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    are u kidding me? ill hold on to lopez in case someone in houston comes to their sense

  7. buffalo65 - Jul 21, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Not like they have a lot of saves to keep anyways. I could close for them.

  8. thatyankeedude - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    I feel so bad for Astros fans, u guys can’t catch a break

  9. thekingdave - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    We’re good. It was honestly much worse after the 06 series when it was painfully obvious to every fan that rebuilding needed to happen, yet McLane milked every last resource for 5 years. At least there’s a plan now.

  10. stex52 - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    I don’t think we realized in 2006 that absolutely nothing of value would happen for five years, but here we are. I think we can have hope going forward, but this is grim. These 100-loss seasons are like a form of humiliation.

    • jon623 - Jul 22, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      Hey man, I’m a Mariners fan. Trust me, I’m fully aware of grim seasons. We can both cry in our beers together. Here’s to hoping, right?

  11. metalhead65 - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    as a reds fan I would like to thank cordero for being stupid and turning down the reds 2 year offer they made to him after last season. thank God he and volquez were greedy and spared us any more of their up and down games.with the missle as the closer the only reason we are on the edge of our seats in the ninth is to see how far over a hundred he hits on the radar,unlike last year with him closing and every ninth inning was a nerve wracking experiance wondering how he would blow this game.

  12. hardjudge - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Why on earth do you think the Rangers got rid of him several years ago?

  13. hardjudge - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Hope he’s still around next year for us, Ranger fans, next year when the Astros are in the AL West.

  14. jaysjunkie - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    “It’s another crafty move by ‘Stros GM Jeff Luhnow”

    How is it being crafty to put a guy with a 5.77 ERA into the closer’s role, regardless of the AL vs. NL differences?

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:02 AM

      the astros have been way more sucessful then the blugays in the last 10 years. Your team has just flat out given up son!!! I mean come on already! Does being a bluegays fan make one a total moron?? It must!!! Be like that loser proudly and keep hoping for sandwich picks that will NEVER turn out for ya, AKA Snyder, lol terrible!!!

      • cur68 - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:38 PM

        Do you know anything about baseball, “son”? Seriously, anything at all? Theses 2 teams have virtually IDENTICAL winning percentages over the past 10 years. I like the Astros, but playing in a much weaker division does not = “way more sucessful (sic)”. Not even if you are in contention, not when you compare that club to one that plays in the AL Beast and HAS A SLIGHTLY BETTER WINNING PERCENTAGE IN THE TIME SPAN YOU CITE. But, perhaps you mean the post season runs, eh? Well, I suppose for an overgrown child such as yourself, beating up on the weak counts as “sucessful (sic)”. Jeez.

        I’d expect you’d be aware of this ‘harry, since one of the teams Toronto has to play a lot is, ostensibly, “yours”. Since you are clearly unaware of this let me remind you of whom they DO play: The Yankees (remember them? “Your team”, right? Are they push-overs?), Rays & Red Sox (those 2 teams; anything about them stand out to you? It would, if you knew ANYTHING about that which you speak). And in that time frame you cite, TO wound up with a slightly better winning percentage than the ‘Stros, who played the Brewers, Pirates and Cubs A LOT in those last 10 seasons.

        Stop embarrassing yourself, eh? You don’t know crap about baseball, unless you count throwing a “curve-poo” as a “skill”.

      • jon623 - Jul 22, 2012 at 5:30 PM

        Coming across one of your comments is like when a good CD has a scratch in it. You’re fully enjoying yourself, then the next thing you know, there’s all this really annoying crap coming between you and anything good. Move over dude.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 22, 2012 at 8:23 AM

      Ignore Harry. He is fond of thumbs. Every once and a while, he comes out of his closet and moons The Blue Jays and The Red Sox. He is what he is.

  15. alonestartexan - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    I have faith that Luhnow and Crane know what they’re doing.

    McLane and Wade really killed this franchise for years and what many people don’t realize is that our fan base is awesome..

    Since the World Series in 2005, the Astros have placed…

    8th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 16th, and 19th in attendance from 2006-2011…

    Not bad for a team that finished 2nd, 4th, 3rd, 5th, 4th, and 6th..

    The fanbase is here, the brand image is here, we’re moving to the American League, hopefully ownership will care more about winning than padding their pockets like the previous regime..

  16. delchef9 - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    The Phillies didn’t really start winning year after year until Wade “left” for Houston……. I have always liked the the Astro’s and Myers……good luck to both!!!

  17. Mark - Jul 22, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Normally I’d come up with a witty response but all I can say is “LOL!!1!”. An easier league won’t help the fact that he’s going to his change up at the highest rate of his career because his fastball blows. He walks nearly as many left handed hitters as he strikes out and he’s giving up a home runs all the time to righties.

    Guys are teeing off him with that 23% LD rate. Not exactly the guy you want closing. And it’s not like he’s gonna get a draft pick for the Astros under the new CBA. Just really confusing.

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