This weekend the Boston Red Sox inked veteran reliever Francisco Cordero to a minor league deal. With this non-guaranteed deal, the Sox are hoping they see some of the velocity that Cordero showed in 2011 before having a dreadful 2012. He sat out last season with the hopes of revitalizing his body and at age 39, he can sure use as much rest as possible.
The Sox may as well take a flier on Cordero, especially being down one pitcher with the announcement that Ryan Dempster will be sitting out this coming season. Brandon Workman will slide into the long reliever role that may have been Dempster’s or Felix Doubront‘s, and that just adds more of a need for some middle-relief support.
Cordero will not be expected to shoulder much of a load with the bullpen the Sox have in place for the coming season. Though it is intriguing to see what he can bring to the mound after a year of rest and with reliever arms being fickle by nature, Cordero can end up playing a more significant role than is expected. Just add Cordero to the list of players to watch this Spring Training, and let’s hope he can get that fastball back up to the mid-90s for just one more season.