Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
I want no part of Cordero as closer. He's had a fine season and a great career. Let him finish it somewhere else.
Exactly. There are 135 qualified relievers in MLB this year. Cordero is solidly below
average. Here's how the Reds relievers rate:
IP ERA FIP xFIP xFIP Rank
Bill Bray 43.0 2.72 2.88 4.13 32
Aroldis Chapman 41.2 3.89 3.26 3.26 NA (just missed the cut)
Nick Masset 63.1 3.98 3.49 3.77 65
Sam LeCure 47.2 3.21 3.92 3.56 90
Coco Cordero 60.2 2.37 4.03 3.97 97
Jose Arredondo 44.2 3.22 4.21 4.35 110
Logan Ondrusek 54.2 2.80 4.28 4.39 114
Cordero has a .205 BABIP this year. If he weren't already a closer, nobody would think of making him one. In fact, he's the kind of guy that would be fighting for a middle relief job with most teams. If he weren't already a Red, nobody would be arguing that we should pursue him in FA.
If Cordero were special, I could understand an argument for wanting to pay him. But he's not. Paying good money for mediocre relievers is about the most wasteful thing a team can do. Thanks for your service Fransisco. I'm sure you're a great dude. But the Reds can't afford to spend money on a brand when the production is just mediocre.