Blue Jays To Sign Francisco Cordero

The Blue Jays agreed to sign right-handed reliever Francisco Cordero to a one-year, $4.5MM contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets. The Proformance client will set up for closer Sergio Santos, Rosenthal writes.

Cordero, 36, posted a 2.45 ERA with 5.4 K/9, 2.8 BB/9 and a 50% ground ball rate in 69 2/3 innings for Cincinnati this past season. Cordero reached the 30-save plateau for the fifth consecutive season, saving 37 games. His average fastball velocity checked in at 93 mph, but peripheral stats such as xFIP (4.14) and SIERA (3.91) suggest his 2.45 ERA may be artificially low. The Angels, Phillies, Orioles and Rangers all showed interest in Cordero leading up to today's agreement, MLBTR has learned.

The Blue Jays' bullpen will look considerably different in 2012, with newcomers Cordero, Jason Frasor, Sergio Santos and Darren Oliver joining holdovers Carlos Villanueva, Luis Perez, Jesse Litsch and Casey Janssen. Toronto's relievers placed 24th in MLB with 7.5 K/9 and 21st in MLB with a 3.88 ERA in 2011. The bullpen appears considerably stronger heading into the 2012 season, but the Blue Jays' rotation doesn't boast the same depth as other American League clubs such as the Yankees, Tigers, Rays, Angels and Rangers.

Though the Blue Jays won't have to surrender a draft pick to sign Cordero, the Reds will obtain a supplementary first round pick because of the modified procedure for Type A free agents under baseball's new collective bargaining agreement.

It's been a busy week for the Blue Jays, who signed Omar Vizquel last night and extended Brandon Morrow this morning. The Cordero agreement seems to remove them from the Koji Uehara trade talk.


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133 Comments on "Blue Jays To Sign Francisco Cordero"


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Phillies_Aces35
3 years 5 months ago

Why?

This does give them a pretty good bullpen, but do they really need him?

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notsureifsrs
3 years 5 months ago

because 1/$4M is low-risk and everyone wants guys like this at the trade deadline

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Phillies_Aces35
3 years 5 months ago

I thought about that possibility but with the new CBA rules I can’t see Toronto getting value back for him, even with AA’s mind tricks.

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kurtits
3 years 5 months ago

AA is obviously going to trade for Trout sending LAA with Oliver and Cordero. Duh

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$7562574
3 years 5 months ago

very smart. not!

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Devon Henry
3 years 5 months ago

Tony Reagins: “Throw in Corey Patterson we got a DEAL!”

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Lunchbox45
3 years 5 months ago

His phones not even plugged in!

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NathanielS
3 years 5 months ago

Never again. 

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melonis_rex
3 years 5 months ago

Under the old CBA, Type A relievers were a huge risk to be offered arbitration anyway (for fear that they would accept and saddle their teams with large contracts). 

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Infield Fly
3 years 5 months ago

I’m not sure I love this, but at least it’s a closer.
Again.

Guest
3 years 5 months ago

umm, u misspelled set up man

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Infield Fly
3 years 5 months ago

Thanks man.
Amazing how I suddenly feel a LOT better (hope that tandem works…)!
😀

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renegadeisback
3 years 5 months ago

4.5 million for one year? I love this move. Very low risk, can move him at deadline. STACKED bullpen.

Guest
3 years 5 months ago

How can your bullpen be STACKED without Brad Mills?

Guest
3 years 5 months ago

Too many relievers …

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renegadeisback
3 years 5 months ago

Not really. They are hot commodities at the trade deadline.

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Howard
3 years 5 months ago

remember the trade cardinals took? lol teams will jump on extra relievers. its good for baseball. 

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Snoochies8
3 years 5 months ago

busy day for baseball, i like it!