Nats Demand Red Sox Pitchers For Chad Cordero
According to the Boston Herald, the Red Sox remain interested in Nationals closer Chad Cordero. The info may be in contrast to an article in the Boston Globe yesterday, which indicated that the price was too high on "name" closers.
The Nats are fond of pitchers Craig Hansen and Michael Bowden, but favor 22 year-old righty Clay Buchholz. Baseball Prospectus's Kevin Goldstein ranks Buchholz a touch above Bowden, mentioning "three plus pitches at times." Buchholz finished 2006 in High Class A. All three pitchers are quality arms with a lot of upside.
Cordero turns 25 in March. He's got three full seasons under his belt. He features fine command and has been unhittable throughout his career. He was bitten by the longball in 2006, but it looks like a fluke to me.