The Red Sox have optioned Franchy Cordero to Worcester
In a move that I think it’s safe to say most if not all of Red Sox Nation has been clamoring for has finally happened, Franchy Cordero has been optioned to Worcester. A few days ago most of the sentiment I saw was for the outfielder to be sent down instead of Michael Chavis to make room for Christian Arroyo. That wasn’t the case but now that Chaim Bloom did make the move it’s just a matter of who will be called to the big club.
I understand why Bloom and the Red Sox have waited to make this move as they wanted to see what they had in Cordero and needed to wait on Danny Santana. Well, Santana is here and getting the job done which means Franchy’s services really aren’t needed right now.
He very well could figure things out in Triple-A but if you look at his career, beyond crushing bombs he mostly strikes out. That may sound harsh but he owns a career 35.3% strikeout rate. And for a guy who was supposed to have this insane amount of power, he owns a very depressing .095 ISO.
It was a matter of time before the Red Sox absolutely had to make this move and I’m glad they finally did. Cordero’s .179/.228/.274/.501 line has made him a black hole in the bottom of the order and a damn near automatic out on a nightly basis. Not only has Santana already impressed to the point that Franchy will lose playing time but the clock is ticking on Jarren Duran and he’s going to be at Fenway Park before we know it.
Now the question that’s on the table surrounds his roster spot. It feels like we’re more than likely going to see a pitcher make their way to Boston and a return to the 14-12 pitcher-bench split. Masslive.com’s Chris Cotillo is thinking along that line as well and puts his chips behind either Colten Brewer or Brandon Brennan as both are already on the 40-man roster. Promoting either of them would make the most sense since it would require the least amount of work to make happen.
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I’m sure many want to see Duran up and mashing at Fenway Park but we’ve seen some shakiness from the bullpen as of late so an extra arm would make sense to create some wiggle room. I know I’ve harped on my dislike of the 14-12 split but a few hiccups for our relievers lately has me a bit nervous as we have the Astros and Yankees coming up on the schedule. As much as I love having the depth on the bench I also see the value in having an extra arm that hasn’t been worn out yet with those two squads coming in very hot.
Also, I’ll take this time to remind everyone that Cordero was not the centerpiece in the Andrew Benintendi trade. I tweeted a reminder of this recently and Cotillo did today as well because people seem to think this is a 1-1 deal. The centerpiece of the deal is the 3 PTBNL and not Franch Toast. While he was the one that was going to get the automatic attention as he was MLB ready he was never meant to be the face of the deal. So move on, folks.
Cordero will likely make his way back to the Red Sox at some point this season as the only way I see him not returning in 2021 is if Duran just erases him from everyone’s memory. He’s one of those guys that we’ve heard a ridiculous amount about his potential but through the first two months of this season, we haven’t seen it. Hopefully, some time in Worcester will allow him to get right and to a point, he can be an asset to this club, but only time will tell.