Cordero Says Reds, Five Other Teams Still In “Hunt”

In an interview with Jim Bowden on MLB Network Radio, Francisco Cordero said that unless the Reds increase their most recent contract offer, he will leave Cincinnati.  The Reds are still in the "hunt," however, along with other teams who have shown interest in the free agent closer: the Angels, Blue Jays, Rangers, Rays and Red Sox (all Twitter links).

The Rays and Rangers are new additions to a busy market for Cordero that also includes the Dodgers, Marlins and Mets.  As a Type A free agent, Cordero would cost his new team a first round draft pick as compensation to the Reds if that new team didn't have a protected pick.  This presumes, of course, that Cordero turns down the Reds' offer of arbitration and that the Type A compensation rules aren't changed by the new collective bargaining agreement. 

Of Cordero's known suitors, the Angels, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Rangers, Rays and Red Sox all have unprotected picks, though the Jays and Sox each currently have two picks in the first round of next year's draft.  Toronto's extra pick is compensation for not signing Tyler Beede last year, while Boston currently possesses the Phillies' first round pick (31st overall) as compensation for Philadelphia's signing of Jonathan Papelbon.

21 Responses to Cordero Says Reds, Five Other Teams Still In “Hunt” Leave a Reply

  1. johnsilver 4 years ago

    If Boston is inclined to lose a 1st round pick for a closer.. This ain’t the one. Even if can get him on a 1 year plus a team option for a 2nd (guess) where the other premium ones want more.

    Bell is the one would like them to go after, really Madison, but with boras it would take too long.. Wait and see if Padres will gamble on his arbitration (bell) then push hard on Bell, not this guy.

  2. Cant see it happening but imagine if the rays got him along with Jose Molina. Something is up in that front office

  3. doyers 4 years ago

    maybe the dodgers can sign him to set up javy guerra.or in case Javy doesn’t pitch good Cordero can take over the closers role and javy and can be the set up man wit hJansen.Cordero can be the closer when javy and Kenly Jansen are not able to pitch.

  4. cyberboo 4 years ago

    Cordero is merely posturing.  The Jays aren’t going to give up their 17th pick for a guy like him that will demand 8M a season for declining stats.  I don’t see Tampa giving up their pick either for him.  You can also rule out the Angels and Red Sox.  That leaves the Reds and Dodgers as the only legitimate players for him.

    • sherrilltradedooverexperience 4 years ago

      dodgers make no sense as they are currently trying to get Kuroda to take more of a paycut

  5. Let’s all remember that the Reds have to offer arbitration to get a pick.  Cordero made $12.5MM last year, so it’s not a sure thing.

    • Steven Adams 4 years ago

      It’s a sure thing that the Reds will not offer arbitration. They would only be a player on Choke-O @ 3.5 million per year for two years.

  6. sherrilltradedooverexperience 4 years ago

    the dodgers as a suitor for cordero seems to make little sense with kuroda still unsigned and smoke signals that they want him to give the dodgers another discount/that the dodgers are almost out of money.

    36 year old closers wanting multiple years for over 10 mil a year coming off a career year has danger written all over it

    • Have a feeling the Reds offered him around 5 to 6 million. for maybe 2 years.  or something in that balpark.  My guess and I have been saying this for a while is he probably wants 7 to 8 million a year.

      Also to the person before who said his stats are declining.  Not really overall his numbers were better this year than last.  Look it up. Really the only stat down was his strikeouts.  Walks less , hits less , better ERA.  and so on.

  7. crzycanuck 4 years ago

    I have a funny feeling that if the Blue Jays sign Cordero he’ll be last year’s Francisco.  Too expensive moneywise not to mention a 1st-round pick as compensation.  Anthopoulos is no fool and wont get a guy that isn’t even a top 5 closer.  Madson and Bell would be who I’d go after to address the team’s biggest need.  Maybe even a trade for Bailey.  Oakland’s desperate for offense and Toronto’s got a surplus of outfielders not to mention a bunch of high-ceiling prospects. 

    • Madson and Bell would be who I’d go after to address the team’s biggest need.
      Madson and Bell are front end starting pitchers now?

  8. diesel2410 4 years ago

    There’s no way the Rays can be that interested. He’s asking for at least $8 million right? No way the Rays can afford him

    • Encarnacion's Parrot 4 years ago

      That would be, like, half their payroll tied into one player.

  9. sherrilltradedooverexperience 4 years ago

    cordero needs to hire scott boras.
    he’s experienced at creating an imaginary market where almost none exists
    i guess with an agent like bean stringfellow, you’ve got to do some of the legwork yourself.

  10. Bluejaysnation 4 years ago

    I would sign either Broxton or Nathan. For the money and not losing the pick they’re the best bet at this point. Or get both for the price of one of the over priced closers.
    Spend the big bucks on a top SP and sign KJ and Shoppach.

  11. Jacob Phillips 4 years ago

    If Coco is going to cost the Reds more than 5 mil I say let him walk. It’s not a good year for closers to get paid, there’s way more closers than there are closing jobs. Wait for the prices to go down and then make a deal. 

    And I’m not even sure why they mention that Cordero is a Type A free agent, that won’t be relevant. No way Jocketty offers him arbitration, ain’t gonna happen. 

  12. Jay McCollum 4 years ago

    from what i understand about the new cba…the Reds would get compensation for losing coco, if they do…wouldnt come from the signing team…they gave him b status

  13. Jay McCollum 4 years ago

    from what i understand about the new cba…the Reds would get compensation for losing coco, if they do…wouldnt come from the signing team…they gave him b status

  14. crzycanuck 4 years ago

    I totally agree with you but even if Cordero signed, he’d be getting 8mil a year as a 2nd tier “closer”.  Plus, and much more importantly, Toronto would relinquish their 1st round pick in June.  As I said in my earlier post, I strongly believe that the only true closers that are still available out there that are really worth gambling on are Madson and Bell and Bailey through a trade with Oakland.  Peace /

  15. Bluejaysnation 4 years ago

    Why wouldn’t they offer him arbitration?? Otherwise they end up with nothing.

  16. Jacob Phillips 4 years ago

    If they offer arb. they could end up on the hook for $10 mil…no way you take that chance as a small market club. 

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