Takeaway #3: Franchy Cordero is a Red Sox disappointment
This is one I think that everyone can get behind and should come as no surprise to anyone that’s watched the Red Sox in 2021. Franchy Cordero came to Boston as one of the five pieces Chaim Bloom acquired for Andrew Benintendi and so far he hasn’t had any impact on the team. Well, that’s a lie, he’s definitely had a negative impact. When Cordero comes to the plate more often than not it feels like an automatic out just waiting to be completed.
Cordero is batting a depressing .158/.213/.193/.406 with just two doubles and five RBI. Franchy has come to the plate 62 times in 2021 and has struck out 26 times. That’s right Red Sox Nation, he has a 42% strikeout rate through the first month of the season. Honestly, I don’t know what Franchy will eventually be but at this point, he’s an injury-prone player who is either boom or bust and there’s been too much bust.
WEEI’s Lou Merloni suggested that the Red Sox should send Cordero down to Triple-A Worcester to continue working on his swing and getting his mind right. With the Triple-A season kicking off today it makes more sense now than ever. Let him get a few weeks of reps at a lower level to work through his issues and call him back when he’s ready. This would also allow Boston the ability to promote Jarren Duran to the Majors, something the fans have been waiting for. Danny Santana is also an option to replace Cordero.
It would be a win-win as Duran can get MLB experience while Cordero gets back into his rhythm. When all is said and done it’s been really tough watching Franchy try and play baseball in 2021. Though he’s had some moments of brilliance at the plate and in the field, they’ve been far too infrequent to balance out the liability that he’s become. AC and Chaim Bloom need to make a move and make one soon because they can’t keep carrying Cordero around as dead weight if they want to win.