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Less money, set-up role, but Cordero is happy

Posted on: March 2, 2012 1:23 pm
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Francisco Cordero is second to Mariano Rivera among active players on the all-time saves list.

A distant second, but still, he is second.

Over the last five years, Cordero has saved more games (194) than any closer in baseball.

And at the end of a crazy winter on the closer market, Cordero found himself with the Blue Jays -- as a setup man -- making $4.5 million on a one-year deal.

All of which, he insisted Friday, was fine with him.

"I'm still pitching, still getting people out," said Cordero. "Why would I be mad?

"Maybe if I was a new guy, I'd be upset. I was a little bit disappointed, but I'm happy with my new team. I still have a contract. I still have a place to pitch."

Cordero is 36 years old, and coming off a contract with the Reds that paid him $46 million for four years. The Reds signed Ryan Madson for $8.5 million to replace him.

"Early in the winter, [the Reds] offered me $12 million for two years," Cordero said. "We thought maybe they would come up a little, make it a little better. But then they came back with one year for $5 million."

Cordero signed with the Blue Jays for even less than that, but he said he has no regrets.

"To sign back there [with the Reds] and not be happy, that wouldn't have been the right thing," he said. "I loved Cincinnati, the people there, and the way the fans treated me, but it was time to move on."

He already seems to fit in well in the Blue Jays clubhouse, where he spends a lot of time talking and laughing with Jose Bautista and others. Cordero said he has also meshed well with Santos, who is in just his second full year as a closer.

"He's been my throwing partner," Cordero said. "I hope I can help him."

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