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Francisco Cordero

Since Papelbon is gone, we are left with a vacancy at closer. Sure, we could use Bard-- but I think it may not be such a bad idea to improve the position with a proven closer and keep Bard where he is, and is effective. In this case, I think the Sox should go after Francisco Cordero. He had a great year in 2011, putting together a 2.45 ERA and saving 37/43 chances. He also has had success in good hitters parks: Great American Ballpark, Miller Park, and Rangers Ballpark. Since he will be 37 at the beginning of 2012, he likely will not be in a good position to demand a big contract. Plus, there is a fairly good market for closers with Heath Bell, Ryan Madson, and Matt Capps also on the market. With these factors together, I think he could be had for something like 2 years/$16 million. I don't really expect the Sox to do this, as I feel we'll probably stick with Bard. However, if they were to acquire a closer, I think Cordero is the way to go. 


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