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Friday, November 3, 2006
Ex-Ranger Cordero criticizes Texas' 'stupid changes'

Associated Press

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Francisco Cordero criticized the Texas Rangers for trading him, saying he was grateful to have ended up with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Cordero was 7-4 with a 4.81 ERA and six saves with the Rangers, who dealt him to the Brewers on July 28 along with outfielders Kevin Mench and Laynce Nix, and minor league left-hander Julian Cordero -- no relation to Francisco. All-Star outfielder Carlos Lee and outfielder Nelson Cruz went to the Rangers.

Cordero was 3-1 with a 1.69 ERA and 16 saves with the Brewers. He was an All-Star in 2004, setting a Texas record with 49 saves, but he set a major league record with five blown saves in April and lost the closer's job to Akinori Otsuka.

"They did not think about what I did for so long," Cordero told The Associated Press on Friday. "In Texas, they made stupid changes that didn't make sense. Lee is a free agent and now he's leaving. That's why the manager [Buck Showalter] isn't there anymore."

Rangers spokesman Gregg Elkin declined comment.

Milwaukee exercised Cordero's $5.4 million option last month. He said his agent was negotiating an extension with Milwaukee.

Cordero plans to play for the Escogido Lions in the Dominican Winter League.