Ken Rosenthal, of FOXSports.com, reports the Cincinnati Reds have reportedly reached a preliminary agreement with free-agent closer Francisco Cordero (Brewers). The deal, which is pending a physical, is for a four-year, $46 million contract with a club option for a fifth year. If the fifth year is exercised, the total value of the deal would reach $57 million.
Cordero was one of the top fantasy closers last season, converting 44 of 51 save opportunities with the Milwaukee Brewers. Cordero reached the All-Star Game in 2007 for the second time in his career, going 0-4 with a 2.98 ERA and striking out 86 batters in 63 1/3 innings. Cordero should greatly improve the Reds' bullpen, as the team converted only 54.8 percent of its save opportunities last season - lowest in the National League. Cordero should be considered a top-tier fantasy closer next season.
Cordero takes over a closer position that was filled by relief pitcher David Weathers last season. Weathers performed admirably in the role, converting 33 of 39 save opportunities and going 2-6 with a 3.59 ERA. Weathers' fantasy value drops dramatically with Cordero's signing, and he may be only worth fantasy consideration in leagues that reward for holds.
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Andrew Stewart has been a Hot off the Wire Analyst for KFFL since 2007.
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