In a not so shocking move yesterday, the Astros announced they have released RP, Francisco Cordero. Cordero, as you remember, was acquired in the Astros-Blue Jays ten player mega deal which saw J.A. Happ, David Carpenter and Brandon Lyon sent to Toronto for Cordero, Ben Francisco, Asher Wojciechowski, Joseph Musgrove, David Rollins, Carlos Perez and a player to be named later, which ended up being David Comer.
When this trade was announced, immediate speculation was that Cordero and Ben Francisco would almost certainly be traded as the Astros were stockpiling young players for their farm system, something those two players did not mesh with. Francisco played decently enough and was traded to the Tampa Rays for a player to be named later. Cordero, however, struggled mightily and was terrible for the Astros. He had absolutely no value and the Astros decided to just eat the rest of his salary and give his spot on the team to someone else. That person was Enerio Del Rosario, who joined the big league club’s bullpen yesterday after a call up from AAA Oklahoma City.
In his ever-so-short Astros career, Cordero pitched 5 innings, allowing 13 hits and 11 earned runs, equating out to a 19.80 ERA. He will definitely clear waivers and I’d be surprised if another team took a chance on him at this point in his career.