Free-agent closer Francisco Cordero is drawing interest from the Reds, Red Sox and Angels, major-league sources said Tuesday.
Cordero, 36, is coming off one of his best seasons as measured by WHIP, ERA and innings pitched. He’s viewed as the No. 2 closer left on the market after Ryan Madson, who is more than five years younger.
Cordero has a preference to return to the Reds, with whom he has spent the past four seasons. But the sides have not been able to reach an agreement since the regular season ended nearly three months ago. The Reds don’t have an experienced closer on their roster and appear certain to acquire one via trade or free agency before Opening Day.
The Rockies aren’t a suitor for Cordero despite having traded Huston Street, sources say. The Rockies hope to begin the season with Rafael Betancourt — a setup man for most of his career — in the ninth inning.
Colorado may have the option of promoting prospect Chad Bettis into the closer’s role at some point during the season. Bettis, 22, is very advanced despite finishing 2011 at high Class A. He has a 1.090 WHIP and more strikeouts than innings pitched over his two-year minor-league career.
— Jon Paul Morosi