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Posts Tagged ‘Francisco Cordero.’

Reds pickup Phillips’ option for 2012, decline Cordero, lose Maloney to Twins

 

Brandon Phillips

Francisco Cordero.

Matt Maloney

The Cincinnati Reds had to decide between keeping Brandon Phillips or Francisco Cordero and they chose to keep their popular and talented All-Star second baseman and picked up his 2012 option.

The team declined to pickup the $12 million option on their closer Francisco Cordero. However, the team says they will still try to negotiate a new contract with Cordero, who has said that he wants to remain in Cincinnati.

The lost lefty pitcher Matt Maloney, who was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins.

The Reds are trying to work on a new multi-year deal with Phillips, who batted .300 with 18 home runs, 82 RBI’s and who is stellar at second base making only six errors last season as a second-time All-Star. The two-time Gold Glove winner finished second to Neil Walker of the Pittsburgh Pirates in second baseman fielding percentage. He will make $12 million next season.

The 36-year-old Cordero ranks 12th all-time with 327 career saves, was 37 of 43 in save chances last season, notching 20 of 21 after the All-Star break. He signed a four-year, $46 million dollar deal with the Reds after the 2007 season as a free agent from Milwaukee. In four seasons he has had 34, 39, 40 and 37 saves.

Maloney became expendable because the Reds have other left-handers in the organization rated ahead of him including Bill Bray and Aroldis Chapman. He cracked a rib and was on the disabled list last season from May 29 through August 16. He made several trips from Triple-A Louisville to Cincinnati during the season. He was 0-3 with a 9.16 ERA with the Reds and 7-1 with a 2.99 ERA in 13 starts for the Bats.

 

Info courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds

Phillips & Cordero photos courtesy of MLBpressbox.com; Maloney photo from Reds media guide

Jocketty says Reds will bump payroll up for 2012

 

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Eventhough the Cincinnati Reds had an up-and-down season defending their National League Central Division championship, losing it to the Milwaukee Brewers, some felt they would cut the payroll back.

No, that is what their going to do. The team still will try to win a championship.

Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty said the team will in all probability increase the payroll for the 2012 season.

Cincinnati’s payroll for the 2011 season was $80.8 million, which was increased from the 2010 amount of $76.1 million. The Reds might be looking at $85 million for next season.

Jocketty said earlier this week that the Reds will pick up the $12 million option on second baseman Brandon Phillips, and they’re going to work on an extension for him.

There is a $12 million dollar option on closer Francisco Cordero. The team is likely to pick up his option as well, since there are no other closers-in-waiting to take over. Plus, there is chance they will extend his contract as well. Cordero says he likes Cincinnati and would like to retire as a Red.

Jocketty also said that this offseason might see the Reds making a trade or two to get another key piece to the puzzle.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV & Internet reports

Reds’ closer Cordero is the all-time Dominican saves leader

 

Francisco Cordero (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Cincinnati Reds closer Francisco Cordero reached a very significant milestone in a recent  4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies in Denver.

He earned his 322nd career save. That milestone save gave him the all-time saves leader honor among pitchers from the Dominican Republic, one more than his friend and mentor Jose Mesa.

The save in the 4-1 win, “Coco’s” 32nd of the season, allowed him to move past Mesa for 13th on the all-time list.

Cordero has been hot since the All-Star break converting 17 straight save opportunities. He has appeared in 24 games in that stretch, giving up just three earned runs in 26 innings, a 1.15 ERA.

Cordero needs just three more saves and he’ll tie John Franco at 148 and second place on the Reds all-time list.

Info compiled from Radio, TV & Cincinnati Reds news

Reds closer Cordero moving up all-time saves list

 

Francisco Cordero (file photo)

Cincinnati Reds closer Francisco Cordero is moving up the charts of the all-time saves leaders in history.

His save on Thursday in the Reds 2-1 win over Colorado was the 312th of his career, moving him past Tom Henke for 17th place on the all-time list.

On Friday night, in a 5-3 win over the San Diego Padres, Codero earned his 313th save putting him one behind Robb Nen at 314 who is next at 16th on the list.

The 36-year-old Cordero has 23 saves in 28 opportunities. He is in his 13th season and has pitched for Texas and Milwaukee before coming to Cincinnati.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV & Cincinnati Reds news

Bailey, Cordero, Cozart star in Reds 3-1 win over St. Louis

 

Zack Cozart (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

New Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is showing people why he should’ve been with the team all year.

He has gotten off to a good start in his major league career by batting .400 (10 for 25) with one extra-base hit. He has hit safely in his first six games in the majors, the longest such streak by a new Reds player since Adam Dunn in 2001, who hit in his first seven games.

That one extra-base hit was a big one on Sunday.

The Reds were trailing 1-0, on a second inning homer by old nemesis Lance Berkman, his NL-leading 25th homer of the year.

The St. Louis Cardinals lead went by the wayside in the sixth inning. Zack Cozart scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 1-1.

In the seventh inning, the Reds’ Miguel Cairo tripled to right-center with one out; he scored on a single to center against a drawn-in infield.

Cozart then showed everybody that he can put the baseball in the seats. He belted his first major-league home run, off former University of Mississippi teammate Lance Lynn, in the eighth inning to make it 3-1.

Holding the Cardinals’ hitters all day was Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey who evened his record at 4-4. The tall Texan broke a personal four-game losing streak. He won for the first time since May 16. Bailey pitched a season-high 7.1 innings.

Reds closer Francisco Cordero close out the ninth inning by retiring St. Louis’ powerful middle-of-the order of Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday and Berkman in order.

The Reds took 2 of 3 games in the series and are 3.5 games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central Division.

 

Info compiled from staff & Cincinnati Reds news

 

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