Sunday, November 27, 2011

Conor Says... Sign Francisco Cordero

With Jonathan Papelbon having left for the Phillies, the Red Sox are without a proven closer in his position. That is why I think the Red Sox should go after Francisco Cordero, a free agent closer who pitched for the Reds in 2011. Cordero is coming off a fantastic season in 2011, in which he went 5-3/2.45/42 as well as saving 37/43 opportunities. Cordero certainly has had some experience pitching in tough ballparks for a pitcher, as he has pitched in Great American Ballpark, Miller Park, and Rangers Ballpark-- three major hitting parks. Also, he would likely come cheap as he will be 37 at the beginning of 2011 and there is a fairly good market for closers out there with Heath Bell, Jonathan Broxton, and Matt Capps. I think he would be signable for 2 years/$16 million-- and for a guy who may even be better than Papelbon. I don't really expect the Red Sox to do this, I expect them to stick with Bard, but if they were to make a move-- it should be for Francisco Cordero.

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