The "resource" allocated to Cordero was money. Money hasn't been an issue this offseason. The sole issue is unwillingness (for better or worse) to part with top minor league talent in order to acquire good pitching.
Nobody is out there to buy. If someone was out there that was worth the money, you wouldn't see virtually every team with contender and championship aspirations out chasing after the Bedards, Harens, Blantons and Santanas of the world. The best players in the market aren't on the FA market -- they're in the hands of other teams. Money won't buy them. Prospects will.