I would think so. In AA’s first year he held onto Downs, Frasor & Gregg for the full year, presumably in part for draft pick compensation. With the new CBA, I would think it’s very likely that the Jays will be sending out one or more of their veteran relief arms via trade, especially when there is depth in the system (eg, Litsch, Carreno) to fill in the pen. Cordero could be an attractive piece for a team with closer issues out of the gate.
Comment by Jays of Thunder — January 25, 2012 @ 11:48 am
I’ve got to say, as a Blue Jays fan I hope this signing works out nicely for Toronto. It is important that you all now know that.
Just give him a few coupons to an all you can eat buffet and he’ll forgive them in a heartbeat.
Comment by Moonraker — January 25, 2012 @ 12:44 pm
This strikes me as a move to flip a player at the deadline. There is always a team in contention looking for back end help, and the fact that he’s been a closer increases his value. If they pay 3 million of his salary and flip him for somebody elses B- prospect later that seems like a pretty good signing.
Or maybe you flip a couple of relievers as part of a larger package (a la the Rasmus trade in 2011). Potential candidates include Oliver, Cordero, Frasor and Janssen. The Jays-Cards trade helped St. Louis make the playoffs and win the WS last year.
It’s clear that Jays needed a lefty specialist, they got it in the form of Oliver. Reacquisition of Frasor costed minimal talent, and essentially sent two cheap lottery tickets to ChiSox…now it’s a (relatively) inexpensive contract to a known reliever. It’s a big upgrade over Rauch & Co. for minimal costs, why not?
This move is clearly set up to trade for B-level prospect. Everybody can see that but someone WILL come calling in mid July and enquire AA about the services of Coco.
Comment by samuelLsamson — January 25, 2012 @ 5:30 pm
Am I the only one that thinks Cordero can still be a good pitcher with his new approach? Obviously he knows he can’t leave anything over the plate so he is going for the corners. If he goes down in the count he is coming back in and inducing gbs. I think we underestimate the skill of an experienced veteran. I wouldn’t be surprised if he had an ERA in the low 3s