After moving flame thrower Aroldis Chapman into the starting rotation, the Cincinnati Reds replaced him with another southpaw in Sean Marshall. Now, however, the Reds are hoping they won't need to replace their other high-leverage reliever in Francisco Cordero.
Reds GM Walt Jocketty tells Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fayman Francisco Cordero is the only closer the club is currently pursuing. Fayman adds the Reds are offering Cordero a one-year deal worth between $6-$8 million. If the team can't re-sign Cordero, they'll look for an "established reliever" to join Sean Marshall in the back end of the bullpen.
Also, the club will have more to spend on their other area of need - outfield help. While the team is looking to bring back Cordero and add outfield help, the team is willing to wait on Cordero. Walt Jocketty acknowledged the team's interest in free-agent outfielders Cody Ross, Rick Ankiel and Ryan Ludwick, but added nothing is close as of right now.
Jocketty: Cordero first priority | Cincinnati Reds
"The Reds pursuit of an outfielder won’t begin in earnest until the situation with closer Francisco Cordero is resolved"