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.

133 Responses to Blue Jays To Sign Francisco Cordero Leave a Reply

  1. Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago


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

    • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

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

      • Phillies_Aces35 4 years 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.

        • kurtits 4 years ago

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

          • $7562574 4 years ago

            very smart. not!

          • Devon Henry 4 years ago

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

          • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

            His phones not even plugged in!

          • NathanielS 4 years ago

            Never again. 

        • melonis_rex 4 years 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). 

  2. Infield Fly 4 years ago

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

  3. renegadeisback 4 years ago

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

  4. Too many relievers …

    • renegadeisback 4 years ago

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

      • Howard 4 years ago

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

  5. Snoochies8 4 years ago

    busy day for baseball, i like it!

  6. Anthony Mazza 4 years ago

    Mets spent almost as much on Rauch and more on Francisco. I would prefer Cordero to close than Frank Francisco for his price, but o well, nice grab by the Blue Jays

    • renegadeisback 4 years ago

      As a Jays fan, let me tell you – Frank Francisco is pretty darn good. Jon Rauch is trash though.

      • Anthony Mazza 4 years ago

        yeah but i prefer 1 year 4.5 for Coredero over 2 years 11 million for Francisco

        • MetsMagic 4 years ago

          I bet he gets traded at the deadline if we’re out of contention, either this year or next. 

          The combination of 2011 Cordero + 2011 Mets defense might be the most heinous, terrifyingly awful debacle since Mo Vaughn ran into David Eckstein. 

        • rockfordone 4 years ago

          I wouldn’t take either

      • HerbertAnchovy 4 years ago

        Francisco is pretty good? Maybe in the second half, but certainely not throughout the season.

        • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

          that was just one year

          • HerbertAnchovy 4 years ago

            True, but he said “As a Jays Fan”, isolating his time with The Blue Jays. I didn’t mind Francisco, but I’m not terribly sad he departed either.

          • Francisco was one of the best relievers (closers included) in all of baseball between 2008 and 2010. He was very good in 2011 as well. The guy is simply a good pitcher who started out last season hurt. There’s every reason to believe that he’ll be a good reliever over the next two seasons, particularly moving to the National League and pitching at Citi Field.

      • rockfordone 4 years ago

        I told Blue Jay fans, Santos is no closer at the time of trade. Frazor and Santos are not good. Take it from a White Sox fan. If they were why make this move????
        AA screwed up again.

        • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

          their stat page disagrees with you

        • cyberboo 4 years ago

          If both were still on the White Sox and dominated in 2012, you would be the first fan calling them the best in baseball.  Since they both left the sinking ship called the White Sox, now they are trash.  Gee, it sounds like many posters on the Blue Jays boards.  lol. 

          • Howard 4 years ago

            dude the white sox are going to scrub dead last in the Central this year. don’t even talk. lol. seriously….. royals will even beat them. watch. they traded away great pieces and got garbage returns, and their team is getting old. blue jays are just getting younger and better. see tampa bay rays for how well they’ve done in that regard… pe@ce sucka.

          • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

            hes not a sox fan.

        • Al_Oliver 4 years ago

          your GM got taken again… move on. nothing to see here

        • jedicouncil 4 years ago

          you should change your name to rocks in head…you dont even know how to spell his name never mind how he pitches

          • rockfordone 4 years ago

            How many WS have the Jays won on the 2000’s??????
            The rocks are in your head. As the Jays head to another fourth or fifth place in the East. They are very average pitchers couldn’t make the White Sox.

          • Lol look at the Jays record against the white sox since 2008. 22-8

    • I disagree, Francisco is better than Francisco.  I’d take Francisco over Francisco any day of the week.

      • crashcameron 4 years ago

        San Francisco or Don Francisco? And didn’t Francisco Rice have a couple good years as a fill-in starter?

  7. Fstuffup 4 years ago

    Perfect signing so cheap

  8. Hey you guys got one…  alright

  9. FriedCalamari 4 years ago

    stacked pen ftw

  10. Coco!

  11. Karkat 4 years ago

    Ugh, I wrote up a whole thing where I called my own post so of course it goes off to the moderation void.


    AA has lots of setup guys/closers

    Hi I am a GM for a contending team, I will be calling you at the trade deadline.

  12. Well looks like the Reds will be getting some compensation now.  Anyone know what picks they gain by this signing?  Would I rather have madson and ludwick or cordero and say vlad or damon?  I do know madson is a definate upgrade over cordero but not sure vlad/damon is much of an upgrade over ludwick.

    • stl_cards16 4 years ago

      I’m sure you probably could of still had Vlad or Damon with Madson, they just make little to no sense for the Reds, especially Vlad.

      • cyberboo 4 years ago

        Cincy get a sandwich pick after the first round.  No big deal.

        • stl_cards16 4 years ago

          Of course.  Madson>Cordero anyway.  That had nothing to do with his comment though.

    • River Avenue Blues will have updated draft info, probably tomorrow.  Should be in the 45-50 range.

  13. Robert A. 4 years ago

    By and large, Coco had a great run for the Reds here in Cincinnati. Got hard to justify the ROI when his price tag ballooned the last few years, but $4.5M/1 is a great deal for the Jays and I think he will contribute well for them in 2012.

  14. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Don’t mind the signing, its 1 year, not too much money.. but I doubt he sets up, atleast full time..

    With all these good relievers now, hopefully Farrell got some advice on how to use them properly in the offseason.

    • vilifyingforce 4 years ago

      Agreed, I see Cordero being used as a 7th inning guy. Farrell has admitted he didn’t do a very good job last season managing the pen, so hopefully we do see better use of them this season.

    • Al_Oliver 4 years ago

      seriously… imagine AA calling Farrell in the dugout on who to get warmed up? 

  15. JP 4 years ago

    The way I see: if the Jays can find a way to push for that 2nd Wild Card (they’d probably need to add a starter for this or have someone really step up) they’ve got a set bullpen.

    If the Jays don’t push for the playoffs (probably more likely) they’ve got some nice assets to sell.

    Hey – Dotel, Frasor, Rzepchinski and Stewart got them Rasmus.  Not a bad strategy. 

  16. DandyKoufax 4 years ago

    Are we just signing everyone named “Francisco”? Is that the plan, here? 

    • GriffeyandSizemore 4 years ago

      Blue jays acquire Francisco Cervelli and Frank Francisco in a 3 team trade…

      • Jaysfan724 4 years ago

        Lets make it 4 and throw in Francisco Liriano

  17. s_t_w 4 years ago

    Two thoughts came to mind when I heard this 1) AA is setting up for another trade, or 2) Maybe they’re going to try and stretch out Janssen and use him as a starter. He was a starter before experiencing arm trouble.

  18. Cedric Lee 4 years ago

    i like this move, it seems as though AA wants to stack the bullpen as much as possible which leads me to believe that he’s going to bring up some young arms to the rotation. with a better bullpen he can afford to let the call ups pitch less innings. if they exceed expectations then he’ll have these relievers as trade chips in the summer. if they dont, then he has the bullpen to cover the extra innings with the possibility of receiving compensatory picks if they leave after the season. i like what’s happening although i doubt it’s enough to contend. still 2 starting pitchers away imo. but aa might do something before spring training to land a starter in which case we would have a pretty good team.

    • stl_cards16 4 years ago

      Compensation picks for average relievers are a thing of the past. You would have to offer almost $13MM to get a pick out of them.

      • Cedric Lee 4 years ago

        what i meant was the supplementary round pick. but yes i referred to it by the wrong name. either way i just meant he can get a pick out of them.

        • stl_cards16 4 years ago

          A supplemental round pick is a compensation pick. The Jays would have to offer a deal worth an AAV of near $13MM to get any pick out of any player. The Jays will no longer be getting picks for average relievers under the new CBA.

          • johnsmith4 4 years ago

            Yep…signing a reliever is now more like a baseball move instead of an asset management move

  19. vtadave 4 years ago

    Nice move, and for $209.5 million less than Prince.

  20. blueandwhite89 4 years ago

    Now thats a bullpen.

  21. Lights415 4 years ago

    Good thing we didn’t signed Prince Fielder lol

  22. HerbertAnchovy 4 years ago

    Nice deal, although I’m suprised there isn’t an option.

    • johnsmith4 4 years ago

      The “option guy” in the Blue Jays office phoned in sick today.

  23. Shawnthemon 4 years ago

    I can see the headline now

    Cordero, McCoy, Vizquel, and Jannsen for a young used to be stud player, maybe Dominic Brown? 

    And yes, I’m kidding.

  24. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Precursor to the impeding Justin Upton deadline trade

  25. Obviously to set up another move, just like the Ben Francisco signing.

  26. Encarnacion's Parrot 4 years ago

    Blue Jays starting pitchers now only have to go 3 innings, and the bullpen closes it out.

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      ‘Brandon Morrow Likes this”

      • Encarnacion's Parrot 4 years ago

        I honestly had that typed out, but after the extension and his potential, I thought I’d play nice.

    • TophersReds 4 years ago

      If you think Coco is a shut down reliever, you got something coming.

      • not bad though for a 7th or 8th inning arm, particularly when they also have Oliver and Casey for those spots as well.

        • TophersReds 4 years ago

          Yeah, he’s decent, but Indestructible said the game is now 6 innings. That is far from the truth if you’re counting Coco as having a perfect inning virtually every time he takes the mound.

  27. monroe_says
    monroe_says 4 years ago

    The AL east is going to feast on whatever loose meat is left on Cordero’s ragged arm.

  28. tdot32 4 years ago

    nice signing. one thing AA has had a good track record of to this point is signing players to one-year contracts, and flipping them for young talent. don’t see anything bad coming out of this signing.

  29. Dan 4 years ago

    My Jays are killing me, another old fart for the bullpen

    • TO647 4 years ago

      Yeah another seasoned vet in the bullpen, who would want that?

      • some Jays fans seem to think that if its not a superstar then its pointless. They also don’t seem to realize that their not any “aces” out there to get without regretting the price paid.

  30. Lucas Kschischang 4 years ago

    Chalk one up for me! Called this one yesterday!
    Good signing by the Jays, not too expensive, and much more stable than the guys we had last year.

  31. bjsguess 4 years ago

    Decent move. At this price I had hoped the Angels would have been on board. Cordero isn’t anything great but for under $5m it’s a solid move.

  32. KeithLawSucksInStl 4 years ago

    Great signing, now all there’s left to do is beat the Yanks, Sox and Rays. Easy!

  33. brucefan5 4 years ago

    Smooth move Cordero turn down 1/7.5 mill or 2/14 from the reds to close and get stuck with 4 mill to set-up on the fourth best team in the best division in baseball…

  34. theobi11111 4 years ago

    Sorry Jays fans. He’s your problem now.

  35. Andy Mc 4 years ago


  36. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    you mean RAJ did that?

  37. JP 4 years ago

    Frasor and Villanueva were both very solid last year (Villa was excellent in the pen, not so great in his spot starts)

    A lot of young arms too.  Carreno looks good.

    Bullpens are so hard to predict, but right now the pen looks pretty stacked.

  38. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Villanueva and Frasor are both good as well, thats 6 good relievers..

    plus 1 more of either Carreno, Beck, Litsch, Laffey or whoever

    its not a top heavy pen with a mariano or papelbon, but its a very deep pen

  39. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      ‘they got WHAT for Mike Adams??’ 

  40. players.

  41. johnsmith4 4 years ago

    I am thinking Litsch gets traded….to a team trying to keep payroll in line.  Who knows, Litsch and a prospect for another reliever making $3 mil to $4mil.  After all, Luis Perez can easily be sent to AAA because he still has one season of assignment options.

  42. FriedCalamari 4 years ago


  43. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    I think Carreno 100% goes back to starting..

    which is good… because he is good.

  44. vilifyingforce 4 years ago

    Villa had a 5.15ERA as a starter and 1.60 as a reliever, he was great in the pen for sure. It’s not a stacked pen, but, no team really has a STACKED pen. We have a good one though, surprised to see him get signed really.




    Who am I forgetting? Perez would be decent as a strict LOOGY.

  45. Howard 4 years ago

     Man, even his spot starts weren’t too bad. There has been worse, Drabek/Litsch lol

  46. I agree. It’s a pretty loaded bullpen. When Villanueva and Frasor are your fifth and sixth guys out of the pen you have an incredibly strong group of relievers.

  47. Shawnthemon 4 years ago

    He had a better WAR in 2011 then 2009, I like Janssen, but I am much happier knowing he is in the 7th

  48. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    perez is out of options, litsch isn’t

  49. Shawnthemon 4 years ago

    We won’t get to the second wildcard without another top pitcher, either from our own system or trade.

    A few players need to take big steps for the team to come close.

    Rasmus is 25, with one bad season, but under your logic, his career is over.

  50. $17857693 4 years ago

    you are completely wrong, in 2 years, if they add a starter and maintain a bullpen like this, they’ll be fighting for that w/c spot with the rays, i think LAA have about 3-4 years of good years then fall off as the contracts they have start to fall off, 2013 playoffs: NYY, BOS, DET,TEX,TOR..PHI,FLA, STL, ARI,SF,

  51. ahhh yes – there he is!

  52. Shawnthemon 4 years ago

    Not saying he has closer stuff still, but I like his groundout rate.

  53. They probably disappeared with the 2MPH of fastball velocity.

  54. vilifyingforce 4 years ago

    Agreed, he deserves a chance to start and should hopefully do that all season.

  55. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Well thats your opinion..

    The stats suggest otherwise

    Villanueva last year had a 4.06 FIP, 94% LOB as a reliever

    Frasor had a 4.09 FIP (highest in 3 years) 80% LOB
    and will hover around the 9.0 k/9 range

    I don’t see how you can call Janssen and Cordero good, but not Frasor or Villanueva, they all have their strengths and weakness but fit in or around the same category

    again I’m not going to debate adjectives used to describe the pen, but the depth in there, there’s no denying it.

  56. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    last 3 years, ERA- FIP- SIERA

    storen 80 85 3.07
    johnson 76 84 3.33
    frasor 78 82 3.33
    k-rod 74 80 3.13

    frasor’s not good?

  57. cyberboo 4 years ago

    Obviously you are just trolling and don’t have a clue what you are talking about, as usual.  Villenueva is one of the best bullpen arms in the majors and he has proved it not only with Toronto, but also Milwaukee, so that destroys your credibility.  Frasor has had a great career so far and he isn’t flashy, but he gets the job done.  Perhaps you didn’t notice that Downs and Frasor were the bullpen for many years, leading to save opportunities.

  58. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Janssen was so much better than Cordero last year.

    and by so I mean astronomically

  59. vilifyingforce 4 years ago

    Ah, great info! I wondered about Litsch and his options. I’m going to assume Perez makes it over Litsch to be in the pen. Atleast we’ll have a better option as a spot starter in Litsch then Brad Mills this season.

  60. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    absolutely painful to watch.. but he’s good.

  61. InLeylandWeTrust 4 years ago

    No. No you wouldn’t.

  62. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    I agree.. I think litsch and Carreno start in vegas and are called up if for emergencies.

  63. Villanueva spot starts over Perez, imo.

  64. THANK YOU BLUE JAYS for the draft pick we now receive.. I disagree, the Reds now have a stacked bullpen:


    Chapman ( if SP experiment fails)
    J Judy

  65. Litsch

  66. bjsguess 4 years ago


    What contracts are the Angels going to be shedding? They will have Weaver, Wilson, Pujols, and Kendrick all locked up. Good bet that Haren sticks around. Trout, Bourjos, and Trumbo will all be in their primes or starting to hit their primes (and all controlled via the arbitration process). The great news will be after 2014 when Wells and his $21m come off the books.

  67. $17857693 4 years ago

    in 3 to 4 years is when age should catch up to Pujols (not sure, but none the less) Wilson and Weaver will be pushing 34/35, where they start to regress, and you’re strapped with 30m of dead weight on a 150m payroll …have fun

  68. Andy Mc 4 years ago

    funny thing is, vernon could also have a big year or two in him yet. 2010 is not long ago.

  69. vilifyingforce 4 years ago

    Perez? I said Litsch. Who’s probably going to be in AAA. Hopefully none of them start.

  70. Yeah, but Perez makes the MLB over Litsch.  Villanueva gets spot starts over both of them.

  71. vilifyingforce 4 years ago

    Villa>Perez is a no brainer. Over Litsch/Carreno/Laffey I’m not sure, depends on how close the 51’s are to the Jays. Ideally they’d all somebody up from the minors.

  72. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    I think Carreno becomes 6th starter.

  73. Al_Oliver 4 years ago

    I’m hoping Villanueva stays in the pen and never starts. We got better options than him

  74. FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

    “Villenueva is one of the best bullpen arms in the majors”

    Jesus Christ.

  75. Romero is locked up long term.

  76. melonis_rex 4 years ago

    6-7 years? 

    That may be going a little too far.

    I’ll give them 3-4 years, but who knows what any division looks like in 6-7.

  77. lokll 4 years ago

    cordero…lights out…heh

  78. you have fun with Arredondo Angels let him go for a reason he sucks

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