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"


Phillies_Aces35
3 years 7 months ago

Why?

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

notsureifsrs
3 years 7 months ago

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

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 7 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.

kurtits
3 years 7 months ago

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

$7562574
3 years 7 months ago

very smart. not!

Devon Henry
3 years 7 months ago

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

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

His phones not even plugged in!

NathanielS
3 years 7 months ago

Never again. 

melonis_rex
3 years 7 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). 

Infield Fly
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

umm, u misspelled set up man

Infield Fly
3 years 7 months ago

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

renegadeisback
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

How can your bullpen be STACKED without Brad Mills?

3 years 7 months ago

Too many relievers …

renegadeisback
3 years 7 months ago

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

Howard
3 years 7 months ago

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

Snoochies8
3 years 7 months ago

busy day for baseball, i like it!

Anthony Mazza
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months ago

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

Anthony Mazza
3 years 7 months ago

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

MetsMagic
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months ago

I wouldn’t take either

HerbertAnchovy
3 years 7 months ago

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

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

that was just one year

HerbertAnchovy
3 years 7 months 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.

3 years 7 months ago

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
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months ago

their stat page disagrees with you

cyberboo
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months ago

hes not a sox fan.

suhiscrazierthanyou
3 years 7 months ago

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

jedicouncil
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months 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.

3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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

crashcameron
3 years 7 months ago

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

Fstuffup
3 years 7 months ago

Perfect signing so cheap

3 years 7 months ago

Hey you guys got one…  alright

FriedCalamari
3 years 7 months ago

stacked pen ftw

3 years 7 months ago

Coco!

Karkat
3 years 7 months ago

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

HIGHLIGHTS:

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.

3 years 7 months ago

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
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months ago

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

stl_cards16
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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

Robert A.
3 years 7 months 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.

JP
3 years 7 months 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. 

DandyKoufax
3 years 7 months ago

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

GriffeyandSizemore
3 years 7 months ago

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

Jaysfan724
3 years 7 months ago

Lets make it 4 and throw in Francisco Liriano

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months 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.

suhiscrazierthanyou
3 years 7 months ago

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

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

I’d prefer if Maddon called

suhiscrazierthanyou
3 years 7 months ago

can Farrell job shadow?

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

take your kid to work day!

s_t_w
3 years 7 months 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.

Cedric Lee
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months ago

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

vtadave
3 years 7 months ago

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

blueandwhite89
3 years 7 months ago

Now thats a bullpen.