There's still talk about the Angels adding a reliever to back up Jordan Walden at closer. Ryan Madson was one name, but he signed elsewhere. Do you think they'll go for Francisco Cordero? Looking at MLBTR's Free Agent Tracker, there are others names I'd rather have.To start with, Francisco Cordero worries the heck outta me as a closer going forward. His decline in K/9 was emphasized with a huge drop in 2012. True, he improved his BB/9 and suddenly turned in a great GB rate at 50%, but for a late-inning reliever, I prefer someone who can still get it done with the strikeout. He also benefited from a ridiculously low BABIP (.214) and a high strand rate (80%). He's a meltdown waiting to happen, and the only value he can provide to the endgame is talking to Walden about his experiences.
How about David Aardsma? Well, he's coming back from surgery, but he had some good skill sets before the injury. The problem is, he was lucky in 2009 and won't repeat that high K/9 (10.1). He might return to something near 2010's totals (3.44 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 8.9 K/9), but after TJ surgery he'll likely be rusty. If he's cheap, he could be a gamble at setup, but not as a backup closer.
I think there's something to be said for Mike Gonzalez. He stayed healthy mostly, and though his K/9 was down, he improved his BB/9 and upped his GB%. If he maintains those gains in BB/9 and GB%, he could be worth a gamble. He's a lefty to complement Walden, and he has closer experience.
My favorite option is Brad Lidge. Okay, he's not amazing anymore and he's aging and an injury risk, but if you're looking for someone to provide closer advice and experience, he's one of the best available. He will likely be looking for a short contract to show he's healthy and rebuild some value, so I could see him being willing to set up for Walden or share the closing duties. The big red flag is his BB/9, which is awful, but a lot of RP have bad walk rates, and despite a drop in velocity he maintained a strong K/9 (10.7). If he also maintains his GB gains (57%), he's worth the one-year gamble to mentor a young closer.
Anyone obvious that I missed? Should they sign an older veteran, or make a trade to fill the RP slot?