January 24, 2012
Jays sign reliever Cordero
By BOB ELLIOT, QMI Agency
How do you like the Blue Jays bullpen now?
First, here’s what the Toronto bullpen looked like over the final two weeks of August:
The cast included: closer Frank Francisco, Casey Janssen, Jon Rauch, Shawn Camp, Joel Carreno, Jesse Litsch, Luis Perez, Rommie Lewis, Wil Ledezma, Brian Tallet and Trever Miller.
Since then the Jays have been busy improving the bullpen, adding another important arm Tuesday, in Francisco Cordero, who saved 37 of 43 chances with the Cincinnati Reds last season.
Cordero was 5-3 with a 2.45 ERA, striking out 42 and walking 22 in 69 innings while earning $12.125 million US from the Reds.
Cordero’s signing with the Jays is contingent on him passing a physical.
Earlier this off-season, general manager Alex Anthopoulos traded for closer Sergio Santos from the Chicago White Sox.
In addition the Jays re-acquired Jason Frasor and signed free agent Darren Oliver, plus holdovers Carlos Villanueva, Janssen and Litsch.
Perez or Carreno could also contend for a bullpen berth.