Drafted/Signed: Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Detroit Tigers in 1994.
Signed by Scout: Ramon Pena
Traded: To the Texas Rangers with Alan Webb, Frank Catalanatto, Bill Haselman, Gabe Kapler and Justin Thompson for Juan Gonzalez, Gregg Zaun, and Danny Patterson on Nov. 2, 1999.
Traded: To the Milwaukee Brewers with Julian Cordero, Kevin Mench and Laynce Nix for Carlos Lee and Nelson Cruz on Jul. 28, 2006.
Signed as Free Agent: With the Cincinnati Reds on Nov. 28, 2007.
GM When Acquired By Reds: Wayne Krivsky
MLB Service Time (as of Opening Day 2009): 9.046 years
Current Contract Status: In second year of a four year contract. Will make $12 million in 2009. Full no-trade clause this year, and a limited no-trade clause in 2010-11. Will make $12 million in 2010, $12 million in 2011, and club holds an option for $12 million in 2012 ($1 million buyout).
Information courtesy of Josh Kalk's player cards at baseball.bornbybits.com
Cordero throws a fastball in the mid-90's with a good bit of movement, but also mixes in an 88 mph slider and an occasional changeup that he will use almost exclusively against lefties. Coco will use the fastball as a set-up pitch, often throwing it in the first pitch of an at-bat. He will also throw it if he falls behind in the count to re-establish the matchup. However, if he smells blood, he will throw his slider which is particularly effective against right-handed batters. He favors his slider on 0-2 counts and 2-1 counts.
Cordero doesn't have one dominating pitch like a prototypical closer. He is not a dominating fireballer like Jonathon Papelbon, doesn't have the cutter of a Mariano Rivera or slider of a Brad Lidge, but instead relies on a variety of pitches and has proven that he can be a very good closer. He's made two All-Star teams and is particularly effective if he's not overworked. In 2008, Cordero only had three multi-inning appearances, and only entered a game with runners on base 7 times. He is a ninth inning pitcher rather than a fireman. Dusty Baker did have a tendency to use Cordero in long stretches of games. Three of Cordero's blown saves in 2008 came when he had pitched the previous two days. Cordero pitched in 15 games in July (the most appearances in any month) and put up a 5.68 ERA. He finished strong, earning 8 saves in September (most of any month) with a 1.64 ERA.
The knock on Cordero is that he will make bad pitch selections in high pressure situations. His relatively high walk rate helps bear that out.
This hot zone graph is modified for pitchers. The notes are at the bottom, but the easy way to read it is that darker areas are areas that the pitcher pitches too most often. And the cooler the color is, the better the hit type (from the pitcher's perspective). So, blue is best because those are areas of low contact. Green is next best because those are batted ball types that tend to be good for the pitcher (ground balls, pop flies). Red is the worst because those types of hits tend to hurt the pitcher the most. Slugging percentage is still listed as well to give you a better idea of the overall results from that zone.