Astros Release Francisco Cordero

HOUSTON TX - JULY 24: Francisco Cordero #37 of the Houston Astros leaves in the ninth inning after giving up the go ahead runs against the Cincinnati Reds at Minute Maid Park on July 24, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Cincinnati Reds win 4-2. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Houston Astros have released right-handed reliever Francisco Cordero, reports Brian McTaggart of MLB.com:

The Astros acquired Cordero along with Ben Francisco and five minor leaguers from the Toronto Blue Jays this July in exchange for David Carpenter, J.A. Happ and Brandon Lyon.

After posting an ERA of 5.77 over seventeen appearances for the Blue Jays to start the season, Cordero surrendered eleven runs on thirteen hits and four walks over five innings with the Astros, giving the 37-year-old a whopping 19.80 ERA.

Prior to signing with the Blue Jays this offseason, Cordero had spent the past four seasons with the Cincinnati Reds. Over his four years in Cincinnati, he maintained an ERA of 2.96 with 150 saves.

Over fourteen seasons in the majors, the three-time All-Star owns a career ERA of 3.38 with 8.7 SO/9 and 4.1 BB/9 and 329 saves.

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