It's getting to the point the you're gonna have to pay $10M + for any top-end FA no matter their position - part of me still can't grasp that Gary Matthews Jr. got $10M+ and Juan Pierre close to $9M last year, but that is where the market has gone.
There is a definite injury risk component with any contract of this size and it will certainly hurt the payroll if something happens to Cordero. More than a few here are all for extending Dunn for megabucks (myself included) , but the weight he carries and his advancing age may make that a riskier proposition than the Cordero deal.
The fact is though, the acquisition of talent is going to be expensive in this market(in terms of talent and/or cash) no matter whether it's via FA or a trade.
This organization decided it was serious about getting better and putting an improved product on the field for its fans, it identified the player on the market that probably makes the most dramatic improvement at a need position and the were agressive in signing him. Yeah, there is the potential for downside and I have been quick to be critical of this FO in the past, but not this time.
I'm giving them porps for this deal and I'm not gonna turn on them in 8mos. if it somehow goes wrong (I'd have done the deal too. Dusty Baker is a different story though.