Tag:Francisco Cordero
Posted on: March 2, 2012 1:23 pm

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

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."

Category: MLB
Posted on: May 25, 2011 9:11 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2011 10:35 pm

Chapman's in AAA, and Cordero's (almost) at 300

PHILADELPHIA -- Remember when Francisco Cordero was supposedly on borrowed time as the Reds closer? Remember when Reds fans were screaming for Aroldis Chapman to take his place?

Now Chapman is on a minor-league rehabilitation assignment that is designed at least as much to help him find command as it is to get him healthy.

And Cordero -- despite his second blown save of the year on Wednesday night -- is about to become the second Dominican-born closer ever with 300 saves.

It's hard to know exactly what 300 means, since Trevor Hoffman is the all-time leader at 601 and Mariano Rivera (572) is on the way to passing him.

But it is worth remembering that Bruce Sutter, one of the best closers ever, retired with 300 saves.

"[Cordero] is much-maligned, but he's about to tie a Hall of Famer," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

Cordero is off to an outstanding start this season, or at least he was until giving up Ryan Howard's game-tying home run in the 10th inning Wednesday. Even so, Cordero is 9-for-11 in save opportunities, with a 2.01 ERA, giving him 299 career saves in 365 chances over 13 seasons.

For Cordero, the significance of 300 is that Jose Mesa is the only other closer from the Dominican Republic to get there. Mesa retired with 321 saves.

Cordero plans to pitch long enough to catch Mesa. He plans to pitch long enough to add quite a few more saves.

"I feel young, even though I'm 36," said Cordero, who is in the last guaranteed year of his contract with the Reds (who hold a $12 million option for 2012 that most likely won't be exercised). "I'm going to try to pitch as long as I'm healthy. Could I go until I'm 40? Right now, I'd tell you yes."

Baker said this is the best Cordero has pitched in the four years they've been together with the Reds. He said Cordero is healthier and in better shape.

Pitching coach Bryan Price said the big difference is that Cordero, mostly a fastball-slider pitcher in recent years, is now using his changeup and curve much more.

"He's a little less predictable," Price said. "He's a four-pitch pitcher now."

Meanwhile, Chapman is at Triple-A Louisville, just trying to figure things out. Price said that while Chapman is scheduled to appear two more times for Louisville (Thursday and Sunday), it's not guaranteed he'll rejoin the Reds next week.

"It's the same as with [Edinson] Volquez," Price said. "They're down there until they're pitching the way they're capable of pitching."

Price disputes the notion that the Reds have to get Chapman back to where he was.

"We need to get him beyond that," Price said.

Meanwhile, Cordero is just focused on getting to 300 saves -- and beyond. And he's even more impressed at what Hoffman and Rivera have done.

"600 saves? That's ridiculous," Cordero said. "I'm going to get to 300 and feel like it's a big deal. And they're at 600. That's ridiculous."
Posted on: May 17, 2010 11:50 am
Edited on: May 17, 2010 11:52 am

Grand slams and Rivera: Some perspective

Yes, it was shocking to see Mariano Rivera serve up a grand slam. We all raced to the history books.

We were all amazed that he had only given up one previous grand slam in his career as a full-time relief pitcher.

And we shouldn't have been.

Outstanding closers -- even those on a level just below the Great Rivera -- don't give up grand slams. Joe Nathan has never allowed one, in 533 appearances. Jonathan Papelbon has allowed one, in 284 relief appearances.

Trevor Hoffman, who has pitched in 998 games (Rivera has 920 relief appearances), didn't allow his first slam until this year (Ryan Doumit of the Pirates, on April 27). Dennis Eckersley allowed one in 710 relief appearances. Troy Percival, Rollie Fingers and John Franco allowed two apiece, as have Billy Wagner and Francisco Cordero (all research done through baseball-reference.com ).

Rivera is great, the best ever at his job. But it's not the lack of grand slams that proves it.

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