Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Red Sox In Talks With Francisco Cordero

Allegedly, the Red Sox are looking to keep improving their bullpen and are interested in free agent closer Francisco Cordero. Apparently, the Red Sox had been interested in him earlier in the offseason and talks have picked back up. Cordero had an excellent season as the Reds' closer in 2011, going 5-3/2.45/42 in 68 games and 69 2/3 innings-- also saving 37/43 opportunities. However, his season may have had a bit of luck involved with a 4.02 FIP and 4.14 xFIP. His strikeout rates also dropped by almost 2 per nine innings. However, his walk rates also dropped over 1.5 per nine innings-- balancing things nicely. Even if his ERA and other great stats return to his career averages, he would still be a great option for the Red Sox closer. He averages a 3.17 ERA, 3.51 FIP, and 3.72 xFIP over his career. I would definitely support this move for the Sox to go out and get a proven closer like Cordero.

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