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Astros release Francisco Cordero and his 19.80 ERA

Sep 10, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

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Francisco Cordero‘s disastrous stint with the Astros is officially over, as he was given his release by the club today.

After being acquired from the Blue Jays in July as part of a 10-player deal, Cordero allowed 11 runs on 13 hits and four walks in five innings over six appearances. That’s a 19.80 ERA. If that wasn’t bad enough, he also went 0-for-3 in save opportunities. The 37-year-old right-hander hasn’t pitched since August 1 due to an inflamed ligament in his right toe and recently developed some shoulder soreness, so the Astros just decided to get rid of some dead weight.

Cordero has a career-worst 7.55 ERA over 47 appearances this season overall. Only Manny Acosta has a higher ERA (7.62) among pitchers with at least 30 innings pitched. It’s possible he could land somewhere on a minor league deal this winter, but he’s looking pretty much cooked.

  1. thatyankeedude - Sep 10, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Is anybody surprised?

  2. merchie89 - Sep 10, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Best day as a Reds fan was when he turned down their offer.

    He is an IDIOT!! Madson havin Tommy John is somehow better than Cordero

  3. spudatx - Sep 10, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    How awful are you playing when the Astros cut you?

  4. jaybird22seven - Sep 11, 2012 at 6:18 AM

    It’s over Cordero !!!!

  5. proudlycanadian - Sep 11, 2012 at 6:26 AM

    I was not surprised that he pitched poorly in Houston. As a Blue Jay fan, I was happy when he was traded and quickly forgot about him.

    • stex52 - Sep 11, 2012 at 9:36 AM

      I think he was the salary part of the deal, like they are always doing in the NBA. The Astros are on a youth movement; they didn’t want a 37 year-old reliever with obvious mechanics problems. I think they gave him a chance because they have no closer. But I think he was always a throw-in on the deal.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 11, 2012 at 10:14 AM

        Agreed. Both he and Francisco were throw-ins and now both are gone. I am sure that all the Astros were interested in were the young pitchers and the catcher. I do expect that at least 3 of the kids will eventually play in Houston.

  6. metalhead65 - Sep 11, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    as merchie89 said besides being a terrible pitcher he is also not very bright. who in their right mind would turn down a 2 year 8 million dollar deal the reds offered him when you are as bad as he was at saving games. yes he did save a few while with the reds but the last 2 years and last year in particular were just awful. he made every apperance an nerve wracking experiance.

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