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Red Sox sign Francisco Cordero to minor league deal

The veteran is looking to crack the Sox' bullpen after not pitching last season.

Joe Robbins

The Boston Red Sox have agreed to a minor league contract with reliever Francisco Cordero, a source has confirmed. John Tomase of the Boston Herald was first to report the signing earlier today.

Cordero, who turns 39 in May, will get a chance to crack a Red Sox bullpen that has already added Burke Badenhop and Edward Mujica this offseason. The three-time All-Star last appeared in the majors in 2012 with the Blue Jays and Astros before having surgery on his non-throwing shoulder before last season. In 47 appearances with Toronto and Houston, Cordero was 3-8 with a 7.55 ERA in what amounted to the worst season of his major league career.

Outside of his disastrous 2012 season, Cordero has been one of the best late-inning relievers in baseball over the past decade. In fourteen major league seasons with the Tigers (1999), Rangers (2000-2006), Brewers (2006-2007), Reds (2008-2011), Blue Jays (2012) and Astros (2012), he is the owner of a lifetime 47-53 record and 3.38 ERA while notching 329 saves in 800 career games.