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Red Sox “backing off” free agent closer Francisco Cordero

Francisco Cordero

Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Francisco Cordero pitches against the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington, on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011. The Reds won 2-1. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Earlier this week the Red Sox were said to be among a handful of teams pursuing free agent Francisco Cordero, but now John Tomase of the Boston Herald reports that they’re “backing off” and “it appears we can cross Cordero off their list of potential closers.”

Tomase suggests that Cordero’s desire for a multi-year deal at age 37 is what soured the Red Sox on him, particularly with his strikeout rate plummeting in 2011.

By trading for Mark Melancon last week the Red Sox have a potential closer option in place, but pursuing Ryan Madson is still possible if his demands continue to drop and they’ve also been linked to A’s closer Andrew Bailey.