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After sitting out in 2013, the Red Sox gave Francisco Cordero a chance to resurrect his career. He signed a minor league deal, which included an invite to big league camp.
The 38-year-old is taking full advantage of his opportunity, posting a 0.75 WHIP and eight strikeouts in eight shutout innings this spring.
ESPN Boston reported Cordero wasn’t ready for his career to end after a tough 2012:
This has been my life. I've been playing professional ball for 20 years and I feel like I can get people out. I'm trying to prove to myself I can still pitch. If I see that's it enough, I say enough is enough.
Edes notes that Cordero’s minor league deal doesn’t include an opt-out clause, which would’ve forced Boston to make a decision on his fate prior to the regular season starting. Despite his impressive spring, he could be optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Injuries to pitchers happen all too often. Andrew Bailey and Joel Hanrahan are prime examples of that from last season, as well as the long list from spring training this year.
If he does begin 2014 in the minors, Boston might have to dip into their pitching depth for help sooner than anticipated.
His closing experience (329 career saves) would be an asset to Farrell’s bullpen if he can locate his pitches effectively.
It’s unfortunate that there may not be room for him on the Opening Day pitching staff. There isn’t much more he can do to prove he can still pitch at the big league level. His present performance and proven track record should speak for itself.
The above quote from Cordero is interesting. It could imply that if he’s happy with his performance, yet doesn’t make the big league roster, he might retire.
That’s pure speculation. If that were to happen, it would be a loss for Cordero because it may not be long before he’s back in The Show. It would also be a big loss for Boston if relievers start hitting the disabled list like last season.
With less than a week until Opening Day, time is winding down for all of these players. It's their last opportunity to seal their fate to start the season, whether it's good or bad.
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