Texas Rangers Greatest All-Time Closers
By Andrew Webb
3. Francisco Cordero
Francisco Cordero was a lock-down closer for the Texas Rangers for seven years. Cordero went to one All-Star in 2004 with the Rangers. That season Cordero went 3-4 2.13 ERA in 67 games with 49 saves.
During his career with the Rangers Cordero went 21-20 3.45 ERA in 356 games and 117 saves. He is third all-time on the Rangers save list and was a strikeout machine. 393 career strikeouts with the Rangers which is impressive.
If you take our two previous closers Feliz and Nathan and add up their combined strikeouts with the Rangers. They have 393 strikeouts, Cordero has the same amount of strikeouts as they do combined.
Cordero is third all-time in games pitched with 356, meaning he was a trusted member of the Rangers bullpen. Playing 14 years in the MLB, but Cordero did not get to experience the post-season.
That does not take away from his impact on the Rangers and Major League Baseball. Cordero retired from the MLB after the 2012 season. He is 15th on the all-time saves leader-board with 329 career saves.