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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Cordero quotes

Dusty Baker made a couple of phone calls to Francisco Cordero during the free agent recruiting process. Those calls and $46 million over four years were huge.

“That showed me they’re not going to rebuild the team, they’re going to try to put together a winning team," Cordero said. "They’re going to put together a team that compete, that not only can to playoffs but the World Series.”

“Knowing Dusty Baker like I know him, watching with the Cubs and Giants, he’s a great manager. I talked to a lot of people who played with him. They tell me I’m going to love to be part of team that Dusty Baker is the manager of. He played a big role.”

The Reds also pressed hard from the start.

“They’ve been calling me since Nov. 13," Cordero said. "They called me, my agent. I got a phone call from Dusty Baker. That said they really want me to be here, they really want me to be a Cincinnati Red. They showed a lot of interest. This is team I wanted to be with.”

But without the money behind the talk, the Reds would have had no chance.

"Obviously, this can't done without the commitment of ownership," Wayne Krivsky said. "I can't say enough about the support I've received from the time I've been here. A signing such as this by Bob Castellini and the ownership group is a tremendous statement to our fans. He's to be commended for this."

Krivsky said the Reds targeted Cordero coming out of the organizational meetings and went after him aggressively.

"This is a huge acquisition, a huge signing," Krivsky siad. "This makes us a tremendous team going into next year and really solidifies the bullpen."

Dusty Baker says he isn't sure who will work the eighth -- David Weathers or Jared Burton.

"I haven't seen Burton," Baker said. "Stormy will be somewhere at the end of the game. He's a team guy. I talked to him (before the signing). He wants to win."


7 Comments:

at 7:43 PM Anonymous Trev said...

I'm predicting that Coco breaks Brantley's Red record for saves of 44. He might not match his uniform number but I'll take 45 for the first year. Can't wait to hear hear him and Jeff on the postgame show that fateful September day next year!

 
at 1:16 AM Anonymous Bundy said...

from what we've heard from corDERO's mouth, it seems Dusty is really going to make a significant impact on attracting talent to the Reds.

Acquiring the top free-agent reliever to a team that converted just 36 of 61 save opps (est.) last yeas shows that its not just the Reds fans, but also the players and people in baseball, that are starting to look at the Reds to contend this year in the National League

it shows a lot of class in an organization that has regained a lot of respect since Castellini and Krivsky took over two years ago.

I cant wait to see the Reds all over Sports Center next year. maybe Dibbs will even have to say something nice about us.

*could we do something about getting a Mr. Redlegs mascot for at the ballpark, or at least get Mr. Red to grow a mustache?

 
at 1:17 AM Anonymous Bundy said...

from what we've heard from corDERO's mouth, it seems Dusty is really going to make a significant impact on attracting talent to the Reds.

Acquiring the top free-agent reliever to a team that converted just 36 of 61 save opps (est.) last yeas shows that its not just the Reds fans, but also the players and people in baseball, that are starting to look at the Reds to contend this year in the National League

it shows a lot of class in an organization that has regained a lot of respect since Castellini and Krivsky took over two years ago.

I cant wait to see the Reds all over Sports Center next year. maybe Dibbs will even have to say something nice about us.

*could we do something about getting a Mr. Redlegs mascot for at the ballpark, or at least get Mr. Red to grow a mustache?

 
at 9:09 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is the payroll going to be increased so much because of this deal? I thought the Reds gained 8 to 9 million with taking Eric Milton's salary off the books. Matt

 
at 10:05 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not about Baker. It's about the 46M and 4 yrs contract. Com'on, pro athlete. Just being honest. We won't laught at you.

 
at 10:29 AM Blogger John Fay said...

The Reds owe $68.5 million to players under contract for '08. That includes Cordero. Phillips, Cantu and Belisle are eligible for aribitration. I'd guess that adds $5, $6 million. The other 10 will average about $500,000. That's right at $80 million.

It's baseball inflation.

 
at 12:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, what is Cordero's contract worth year by year?

 
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