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Reds willing to deal Coco Cordero?

MVN’s Reds writer, Jeff Gentil, on MVN’s Redlegs Rundown, wondered if former Brewer closer, Francisco “Coco” Cordero may be “on the outs?
Apparently, new Reds’ GM Walt Jocketty is either dissatisfied with having to eat three more years of Cordero’s 4-year, $46 million contract, or believes that the market for a closer is so great right now that he could get a couple of top prospects to help turnaround the Reds.
Cordero said he liked playing for the Brewers, too:

“It was so nice to be a Brewer,” he said. “They treated me the right way, they even gave me a second chance to get my job back. They put me in the closer’s role. They brought be back last year [by exercising a club option] without hesitating. That’s why I said early in Spring Training, ‘I want to stay here. I want to stay with the Brewers.'”

Soooooo…that just begs the question…”Should Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin call his good buddy Walt Jocketty and make an inquiry about getting Coco back?”
First, what do the Brewers have left to offer? Reliever Tim Dillard, who spent some time in Milwaukee and has a good shot at pitching for the Brewers next year, is one possibility. Tony Gwynn, Jr., who is also at AAA Nashville, is another. My guess, unfortunately, is that even offering both of those guys is not enough to get it done.
Mat Gamel? Of course…but let’s not go too crazy. Luis Pea? Jeremy Jeffress? Possibly, if either are not on the list given to the Indians. The Brewers still have a few good players left to trade in their system…and they would solve their closer dilemma through 2011. Acquiring Cordero would enable them to deal Eric Gagne, if they could find any interest (maybe the Dodgers?)…and enable Salomon Torres to be a solid 8th inning pitcher.
Hmmm…what do you think?

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  1. July 24, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    WOW thats nuts. Hasnt he been doing well?

  2. July 24, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Yes, but I think the new Reds’ GM thinks that that is too much money to pay for a reliever that is already 33 years old and has three years left on his contract when they have so many other holes to fill.
    Cordero has converted 21 of 27 saves this year, or 77.78%–but 1-2, 6.75 ERA in 13 games in July and an 18.90 ERA over the last 5 games.
    Their offense is about the same as the Brewers–only one .300 hitter, but a handful of guys that hit around .270 with power. Their starting pitching stinks–their “ace”–Aaron Harang, is 3-11, 4.76 this year; their #2 guy, Bronson Arroyo, is 9-7, 5.60. If it weren’t for Edinson Volquez, 12-3, 2.49, they’d be in dead last.
    They would probably want a decent starting pitcher–Mark DiFelice may fit the bill, but they’d probably insist on either Carlos Villanueva or even Manny Parra. They’d probably want one of our studs in the minors, too, like Alcides Escobar…giving too much to a division rival is nuts (sort of like trading Favre to the Vikings!).

  3. July 24, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Thats what I said WHEN he got traded . . . I said thats a lot of money and a lot of years for a 32 year old pitcher (or was he 31 at the time). Funny how a few years later you look at the contract and money and go what were they thinking?

  4. July 24, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    I think the Brewers’ offer to him during the offseason was $42 million for 4 years–same timeframe, but $1 million less per year on average.

  5. shootmenow
    July 24, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Gagne to the Dodgers? Are you kidding me? We’ve got Yankee fans thinking they can trade the C and B level prospects in their system for Martin/Kershaw/Kemp/Billinglsey, and Brewer fans thinking that even Retread Ned won’t be able to pass up this ‘proven vet’. Yeah. If the Brewers want to pay all his salary and take a bag of balls in return, then the Dodgers might want something to do with the guy.

  6. P. Ghoul
    July 25, 2008 at 7:08 am

    If he really wanted to play for the Brewers, he would have taken the $1 million less per year. Seriously – what’s the diff between 4/40 and 4/44 or whatever it was. He missed his chance to stay and now he’s stuck on a crap team. I think our bullpen has been performing pretty decently lately. Gagne seems to have his head cleared and Torres has been good. Of course it wouldn’t hurt to add another arm, but I don’t want to give up too much for one.

  7. jeff weissbuch
    July 25, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Coco,
    You took the money and ran you have no one to blame but yourself. Time to george Sherrill from Baltimore before we get an old closer who makes way too much cash

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