Re: Red Sox Sign Francisco Cordero to Minor League Deal
posted at 2/18/2014 2:06 PM EST
It's still amazing to see the handwringing by some posters on this thread about the signing.
It doesn't mean the Sox can't sign a bigger name if they see a need.
It doesn't mean that he'll take innings away from the bigger prospects. Especially in this day and age, the Sox, like all teams, have it all planned out for how many pitches/innings or at-bats their minor league players get.
It wasn't like the choice came down to Cordero or some hot prospects. The only players out there are career minor leaguers, players on the downside of their career or players trying to come back from an injury. The Sox aren't going to move a player up from Double-A just to fill a roster spot on Triple-A if they feel no one is ready. Teams have four minor league teams, not including rookie, for which they need to fill roster spots. So once they place all their prospects where they need to be, they fill out rosters with the career minor leaguers or take a flier on a former star coming back from injury. This isn't new. Teams do this all the time, both big market and small market.
Sometimes signing former stars coming back from an injury or trying to milk one more year out of an aging player works out, sometimes it doesn't. Some example:
Brett Saberhagen: Sort of worked. Sox signed him after he missed 1996. Spent most of 1997 rehabbing, pitched in six games, then went 25-14 over the next two seasons in 53 starts with an ERA around 3.50, including 15-8 with a 3.96 ERA in 31 starts in 1998.
David Cone: Yankees let him go after 2000 when he made $12M. Sox signed him for $1M. He went 9-7, 4.31 ERA on 25 starts, 135.2 IP. For the money, it was a fine signing. He basically was the team's No. 2 pitcher an had the second-lowest ERA on the Sox for anyone with at least 25 starts. (Pedro made just 18 that year, and Wake made just 17 -- both had lower ERAs).
John Smoltz: No doubt, it didn't work out.
I'm sure, if I researched it, I could find more players (pitchers and position players) on both sides of the equation. It's called baseball. There are not guarantees with any player so you grab them from anywhere you can.