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Blue Jays reportedly sign reliever Francisco Cordero

Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos

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General manager Alex Anthopoulos continues to stockpile bullpen arms. On Tuesday night, the Toronto Blue Jays reportedly signed right-hander reliever Francisco Cordero.

The deal, first reported by Fox Sports, is a one-year pact worth $4.5-million (U.S.).

The Blue Jays had not confirmed the signing, although Anthopoulos said earlier Tuesday he was still exploring ways in which he could strengthen the bullpen.

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The deal, however, was confirmed by Cordero's representatives at Reynolds Sports Management.

Cordero, 36, saved 37 games for the Cincinnati Reds in 2011, with a 2.45 earned-run average – reaching the 30-save plateau for the fifth consecutive season.

It is anticipated Cordero will set up for closer Sergio Santos, who Toronto obtained in a trade from the Chicago White Sox last December.

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