Reds Close to Deal with Cordero

Free agent closer Francisco Cordero and the Cincinnati Reds have reportedly come close to a four-year, $46 million deal, including a fifth-year club option which would bring the total value of the deal to $57 million -- the largest contract ever given to a closer.

The 32-year-old Cordero shined through 2007 with the Milwaukee Brewers, compiling a 2.98 ERA with 44 saves in 66 games.

The righty was named to the NL All-Star team for the second time and finished second in the league in saves behind Arizona Diamondbacks closer Jose Valverde.

Cordero would replace David Weathers, who was solid for the most part last season, going 2-6 with a 3.59 ERA and 33 saves. Cordero holds a 26-27 record with 177 saves and a 3.29 ERA in parts of nine big league seasons.

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