Brewers GM Doug Melvin has been talking about keeping Francisco Cordero in Milwaukee since at least mid-September. Jason Isringhausen is off the market, though he didn’t get an extension. Cordero’s agent, Bean Stringfellow, might be wise to wait and see what Mariano Rivera signs for first. Said Stringfellow (via Buster Olney):
It’s a good time to be Francisco Cordero.
Stringfellow snagged Billy Wagner a four-year, $43MM deal in November of 2005. He’ll probably seek something similar for Cordero, who doesn’t quite have the track record of dominance that Wagner had.
Olney mentions that Melvin will meet with Stringfellow this week and believes the Brewers have a legitimate chance to sign him. They definitely have room in the budget for Cordero and then some.