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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Red Sox inquire about closer Cordero

By Gordon Edes

MILWAUKEE -- The Red Sox, who lost closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Phillies late last week, have inquired about free-agent closer Francisco Cordero, according to the player’s agent, Bean Stringfellow.

The 36-year-old Cordero saved 37 games and had a 2.45 ERA for the Reds last season. He has more than 30 saves in each of his last five seasons.

The agent for fellow free-agent reliever Jonathan Broxton, who made just 14 appearances for the Dodgers last season before undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his pitching elbow in September, said a dozen teams have expressed interest in his client. B.B. Abbott declined to identify those teams, but it would certainly make sense that the Red Sox would be one of them.

The Red Sox would seem to have a few choices as to the direction to go with at the closer’s spot. They could promote someone internally (setup man Daniel Bard would be the obvious candidate) or try their luck on the free-agent market that’s rich with closers and former closers.

All of the relievers available would come with a smaller price tag than Papelbon, who set the market with a four-year, $50 million deal with the Phillies that includes an vesting option for a sixth season to make it worth $63 million.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington is expected to meet with the Boston media here at the GM meetings at some point later today.