Astros Release Francisco Cordero

The Astros have released Francisco Cordero, according to's Brian McTaggart (on Twitter).

Houston acquired Cordero as part of a 10-player trade with the Blue Jays that also netted them Ben Francisco and five minor leaguers. Cordero was installed as Houston's new closer, but struggled mightily in five innings for the 'Stros. The 37-year-old allowed 11 runs on 13 hits before hitting the 15-day disabled list. He hasn't appeared in a game since Aug. 1.

Cordero signed a one-year deal worth $4.5MM late in January to serve as the setup man for new Blue Jays closer Sergio Santos. Neither Santos nor Cordero wound up latching onto the closer role in Toronto, however, as Casey Janssen emerged as the team's ninth inning stopper following Santos' injury problems and Cordero's ineffectiveness. Cordero endured far and away the worst season of his career in 2012, pitching to a 7.55 ERA in 39 1/3 innings thanks to a whopping nine homers allowed.

Cordero owns a 3.38 ERA, 8.7 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9 over the course of 824 2/3 career innings. His 329 saves rank 12th all-time. He's just one save behind John Wetteland and 13 saves behind Rollie Fingers. If he ends up closing for a team again in his career, he could work his way into the all-time Top 10.

37 Responses to Astros Release Francisco Cordero Leave a Reply

  1. Wade 3 years ago

    That’s embarrassing.

  2. Giorgi Almonte 3 years ago

    Mets should pick him, and if he does well re sign him for next season…

  3. Trout Almonte 3 years ago

    You know you suck at your job when:

    – You have a 7.55 ERA with more than 30 innings pitched
    – Your WHIP is higher than 2
    – Astros released you

    • Bob Hulsey 3 years ago

      – When your ERA with the Astros is higher than Brain Bogusevic’s

  4. Runtime 3 years ago

    This is a joke… right?

  5. Slopeboy 3 years ago

    Phil Hughes wants know ‘whats all the fuss about a whopping nine homers allowed?’

  6. Let_My_Cameron_Go 3 years ago

    Well, I guess the only place to go from here is… Sugar Land?

  7. Justin 3 years ago

    It’s hard to succeed while playing on a rebuild team! I wish a whole lot of luck finding a contenders team.

    • bigpat 3 years ago

      It worked out so much better in Toronto…

      He’s done.

      • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

        the numbers going in to this season suggested as such as well

      • stroh 3 years ago

        Cordero had injury problems which left him ineffective. I think he could still help a team that is willing to give him a chance, without a guaranteed roster spot, i.e. win a job in spring training.

  8. Andy Repinski 3 years ago

    Loved him with the Brewers. Would welcome him to come back back next year and compete for a spot in spring training. Couldn’t be any worse than what we got in there now.

    • danimal0630 3 years ago

      I beg to differ

    • Brewers dodged a bullet with that deal. Then again, we ended up with K-Rod.

      • Andy Repinski 3 years ago

        What proverbial bullet did they dodge? They missed out on 4 more good years. And this year the bullpen has been garbage so how would it have been any different except having a better bullpen the last 4 years?

  9. mgsports 3 years ago

    Dodgers? Giants?

  10. Justin 3 years ago

    Cards should pick him up.

  11. john12121212 3 years ago

    Horrible year. Stick a fork in him? No pun intended.

    • jondogg2010 3 years ago

      maybe he should go to the Nippon Ham Fighters. Heh.

  12. Goriax 3 years ago

    lol… maybe Cordero requested his release when Mark Hamburger got released because he thought they meant there was no more hamburgers for the team? :)

  13. R.D. 3 years ago

    I’m not convinced he just randomly collapsed, Coco’s too good for that. I expect a rebound next year.

    • crashcameron 3 years ago

      Reds fans were saying it, then Nats fans were saying it, those of us that saw him flame out with the Blue Jays can confirm, as it seems Astros fans. he’s done. baked. Coco is a crispy critter

  14. 1980CHAMPS 3 years ago

    Just saw that Cordero had a near 20.00 ERA for the Astros. Ouch!

    • jondogg2010 3 years ago

      I saw he pitched 18 innings and gave up 40 runs. Does that compute? Feel bad for anyone who put him in their fantasy lineup =O

  15. Skeeb Wilcox 3 years ago

    Little known MLB rule limits the number of Francisco’s you can have on a team. Wonder how the Astros will play sans Francisco? I’m here all week…

    • Hal_Jordan77 3 years ago

      The Astros traded Ben Francisco to Tampa Bay. So the Astros have gotten rid of all of their Franciscos.

      They still have Dallas, but have jettisoned Austin. They’re rumored to be interested in acquiring Huston*(who ironically is from Austin).

      * this last sentence except for the () is a complete fabrication and highly unlikely to happen but I’m sure they wouldn’t mind acquiring Huston.

  16. jondogg2010 3 years ago

    Ben C, don’t even think about it.

  17. jondogg2010 3 years ago

    Maybe him and John Kruk should stop being buffet table partners. Sheesh.

  18. coldgoldenfalstaff 3 years ago

    The Astros were forced to take Francisco and Cordero in the Toronto deal to balance salary. It’s no surprise that neither lasted the season with them.

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    start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

    Didn’t we say that about the Nats a couple of years ago?

  20. Trout Almonte 3 years ago

    There’s only one Strasburg+Harper combo once a life time. Even with smart drafting (and loads of early picks) like the Rays they never got a Strasburg-esque prospect.

    Plus, Astros are going to AL west, home of your friendly neighborhood Angels and Rangers (plus moneyballin’ A’s and Felix-led Mariners).

    Astros will rise again, but it will take them more than a couple of years.

  21. R.D. 3 years ago

    David Price/Evan Longoria say hi. and kinda Josh Hamilton but not really.

  22. Trout Almonte 3 years ago

    IMHO David Price and Longoria are awesome players but Strasburg is better than price and Harper seems likely to be better than Longoria.

    Overall Rays probably developed a better bunch but Nats got the higher ceiling with those two.

  23. Kyle 3 years ago

    Question is can Strasburg Last and stay healthy for an entire season? Will Harper live up to the Hype.. They are both young and still unproven.

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