Originally Posted by mbgrayson
My fear with Cordero is the 4 year contract. The guy is 32, and at his peak. I am afraid he has only one direction to go....I hope I am wrong. He may well prove valuable for 2008 and even 2009 at the rate we are paying. My problem comes with 2010 and 2011.
Though by the time 2010 rolls around, the Reds might be able to develop or unearth a low-cost closer option. Granted, they'd ideally like to get four quality seasons from Cordero, but if he can deliver two big years closing down games for a club in the thick of the division hunt, I could live with him tailing off after that.
I like the model of going with less expensive closers, not so much because I worry about the cash, but because relievers have short shelf lives. Eric Gagne had a three-year run. Rob Dibble lasted five years.
Yet, just because it's not my pet theory on bullpen creation doesn't mean it's not a valid decision. The Cincinnati Reds just signed the best pitcher on the free agent market and he adds indisputable quality to what has been a lousy bullpen. I have a hard time taking issue with that.
Obviously if they don't take steps to shore up the starting pitching Cordero will be an insufficient band-aid, but if that gets done, if the rotation gets effectively bolstered, then I really don't get the problem with Cordero.
Perhaps we'll be sitting here in three months lamenting that the Reds didn't get Starter X because of the Cordero contract, but unless/until that happens, the more immediate reality is they improved the bullpen. I would submit that better is better.