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Red Sox sign Francisco Cordero to minor league deal

Feb 16, 2014, 1:27 PM EDT

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As first reported by beat writer John Tomase of the Boston Herald, the Red Sox have signed veteran right-hander Francisco Cordero to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Cordero sat out the entire 2013 season after undergoing major shoulder surgery in early April.

He surrendered 61 hits and 35 runs (33 earned) in 39 1/3 innings between the Astros and Blue Jays in 2012 for a WHIP of 2.00 and an ERA of 7.55.

The 38-year-old former Reds closer boasts 329 career saves and a 3.38 career ERA, but it’s doubtful at this point that he makes a positive impact in Boston. He’s probably ticketed for Triple-A Pawtucket.

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 16, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    There! For those who wondered what they would do, now that Dempster is sitting out the season, now you know!

    • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 16, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      Its a low risk minor league deal, if he pans out its a big win win, and if he doesn’t no big loss. What the heck have the jays done so far this year besides signing a below average catcher? Not much, not much at all

      • canadiansportsfan77 - Feb 16, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        Haha there’s a surprise, Harry leaves another AL East rival alone but trashes the BJ’s.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 17, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        Funny how you don’t bother to mention what pc did here, only my reply to him. That’s typical

  2. slaugin - Feb 16, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    I hate this… Even if there is only a 1% chance he pitches for Boston, No thanks. He is old and wasn’t even above average in his prime.

    • dan1111 - Feb 17, 2014 at 2:43 AM

      He had a 144 ERA+ over his first 13 years in the majors. That’s far above average. Relievers often age quite well, and he was dominant as recent as 2011.

  3. thetxhammer - Feb 16, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Right, because putting up a sub 3.00 ERA six times in your career isn’t better than average, good call Slaughin (sp?).

  4. savvybynature - Feb 16, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    One of the real good guys of the game. Hasn’t looked the same the past few years but wish him all the best.

  5. metalhead65 - Feb 16, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    when the guy was on he was great but as a reds fan you were always on the edge of your seat when he came on. there was never a lead big enough the guy could not blow. he could strike out the first 2 guys then walk the bases loaded before he got out of it or could came right in and give up the winning hit right away.

  6. pisano - Feb 16, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Maybe they’re trying to protect themselves in case Lackey falls off the wagon and goes on a season-long bender, as he has been known to do in the past.

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