Francisco Javier Cordero is a professional baseball player from the Dominican Republic and plays as a pitcher who specializes in closing innings. Cordero went to the Colegio Luz Arroyo High School in his home town of Santo Domingo. Cordero was picked by the Detroit Tigers in 1999 and soon, was on his way to the Texas Rangers after just a few games.
Although he came to Texas in 1999, Cordero struggled with playing time. Although he received quite a few games, he was quite undependable in tight situations. In 2004, Cordero improved leaps and bounds to get named to the American League All-Star Team. His game saving performance fell drastically after he gave away 5 close games and eventually, was removed from the Closer’s position. This came just before he was traded out to the Milwaukee Brewers at the end of the season.
In July 2006, Cordero arrived at Milwaukee and went on to have a wonderful season. In his first 28 games, Cordero had notched up 16 saves with 30 strikeouts and 3 wins. His ERA was at 1.69 and only rose to 3.70 by the end of the season. His win total stood at 10 while his strikeouts were 84. He also had 22 saves to his name and the Brewers decided to keep him on for another season.
In May, 2007, Cordero was picked as the DHL MLB Delivery Man of the Month Award. This award was an official MLB award given to the best relief pitcher of the month. Cordero was picked for the 2007 MLB All-Star game. At the end of the season, Cordero decided to leave the Brewers for a better contract. He received a number of offers from the Astros, the Brewers and the Reds. In the end, Cordero signed up with the Reds for a 4-year, $46 million deal.