Francisco Cordero Seeking An MLB Bullpen Opportunity

Francisco Cordero signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox in mid-February which included an invite to spring training. However the three-time All-Star failed to make the team and was released on March 29 despite a strong showing in Spring Training.Cordero, 38, gave up just five hits while striking out eight and walking one over eight scoreless innings this spring.

According to Alex Speier of WEEI 93.7 FMCordero’s agent is asking around to see if a major league opportunity exists for his client.

The veteran righthander did not pitch in 2013 following surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder, this after a disastrous campaign in 2012 that saw his ERA balloon to over seven runs.

Still, Cordero is only three years removed from a very solid 2011 season as the Reds closer where he racked up 37 saves and posted a 2.45 ERA in 69.2 innings.

Cordero was seeing an incremental decline on his average fastball velocity that began in 2006 although he compensated for it by changing speeds a lot and always being able to command his pitches. His ERA from 2006 through 2011 were: 1.69, 2.98, 3.33, 2.16, 3.84, 2.45.

In a 14 year career, Cordero has earned 329 career saves with an impressive 3.38 ERA and 8.7 K/9.

Free-agent relievers Joel Hanrahan and Ryan Madson are also available, but neither are ready to pitch or have a timetable for when they can pitch competitively. Neither can help the Mets for the foreseeable future. Cordero, on the other hand, is ready to go and is highly motivated.

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