Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Blue Jays and Francisco Cordero have agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract, pending a physical. The Angels, Orioles and Phillies were also mentioned as possibilities over the past few days, but Cordero will head to Toronto where he'll set-up for Sergio Santos. The 36-year-old right-hander posted a 2.45 ERA and 37 saves as the Reds' closer last season, but his fastball velocity and strikeout rate were both on the decline. The American League East might not be the best place for his decline phase.
1 year deal to set up? wouldn't he want a chance to compete for the closers spot on a 1 year deal? if he wanted to set up I'm sure he could have had better options.
According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, Koji Uehara rejected a trade to the Blue Jays. Uehara has a limited no-trade clause which includes six teams and Toronto is one of them. According to Durrett, the 36-year-old right-hander simply wasn't willing to move his family from Baltimore. This could explain why the Blue Jays signed Francisco Cordero to a one-year, $4.5 million contract to serve as a set-up man for Sergio Santos. It's not known whether the Rangers will continue to shop Uehara, but the Orioles have expressed interest in a potential reunion.
Rangers reliever Koji Uehara has invoked his no-trade clause to reject a trade to the Blue Jays, reports Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas. The right-hander's limited no-trade clause allows him to block trades to six teams, and Toronto is one of those six.
Uehara, who turns 37 in April, posted a 2.35 ERA, an 11.8 K/9 rate, and a phenomenal 9.44 K/BB ratio in 65 games last season with the Orioles and Rangers. His $4MM option for 2012 vested in the process, but the Texas bullpen is starting to get crowded, particularly with righties like Uehara, Joe Nathan, Mike Adams, and Alexi Ogando. The Jays were one of several teams interested in acquiring him, but they have since signed Francisco Cordero.
he didn't want to move his family from Baltimore? but he is now playing in Texas after being traded in 2011.