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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Red Sox sign Francisco Cordero to minor league deal

By on 2/16/2014 02:30:00 PM

38-year-old relief pitcher Francisco Cordero has reported to Spring Training with the Boston Red Sox on a minor-league deal. Cordero last appeared in the big leagues with the Houston Astros in 2012, and is looking to make a comeback.

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John Tomase of the Boston Herald broke the story on Sunday morning, and indicated that Cordero will get 'a look' as a bullpen option for the 2014 team.

After pitching in 47 games for the Astros and Toronto Blue Jays in 2012, putting up a 7.55 ERA, a 39.6% groundball rate, a 7.1 K.9 and a 2.06 HR/9, Cordero underwent surgery on his left, non-pitching shoulder in early 2013. The surgery ended his 2013 season early, but now he is eager to demonstrate that he is able of putting up the numbers that made him one of the league's most reliable relievers earlier in the decade.

In his prime, Cordero was a dominant closer, picking up 49 saves for the 2014 Texas Rangers before moving on to the National League. From 2007-2011 with the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds, Cordero earned two All-Star nods on the strength of seasons with save totals of 44, 34, 39, 40, and 37, respectively.

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