What Should the Red Sox Do With Franchy Cordero?

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Franchy Cordero has been a disappointment this season at the plate for the Red Sox.  The left-handed hitting Cordero is hitting just .200, 9-for-45 with two doubles and 23 strikeouts this season.

Photo courtesy of The Boston Globe

In his last eight games he’s been abysmal going 1-for 22 with 14 strikeouts.  The centerpiece of the Andrew Benintendi trade has not yet found rhythm in the Red Sox lineup. 

Cordero did not play in Sunday’s win over the Mariners.  Boston will have Monday off as they prepare for their series against the Mets.  It’s expected that Cordero will sit on Tuesday, the Mets will feature lefty David Peterson. 

The 26-year-old Cordero looks overmatched at the plate.  Despite his struggles, Manager Alex Cora says the team will stick with his left fielder. 


“You’ve got to keep coaching the player and giving him confidence,” Cora said.  “This week he had one big hit against Lucas Giolito going the other way, so it’s not lack of effort, he’s working on his craft everyday with Timmy Hyers and Peter Fatse.”


Cora doesn’t think sending Cordero to the alternative site makes any sense.  “Right now, people might say, ‘Let’s send him down to get competitive at-bats.’  Where?  Where are the competitive at-bats?” Cora said.


The Worcester Red Sox season doesn’t begin until May 6.  Fans might think that Cordero deserves to be sent down, the team anticipated Cordero’s struggles.  He has only played in 112 career big league games. 


“We’re going to stick with the player, trust the player, it’s just a matter of him trusting what we’re talking about,” Cora said.  “You can live with the results.  You might be hitting .400 right now.  It’s a small sample size.  We know there are gonna be strikeouts.  We know the swing-and-misses.  But it’s not like he doesn’t have talent.  He’s not the only guy running into this, lack of at-bats the last few years.”


If Cordero continues to struggle and the WooSox are playing, Boston may have no choice but to send Cordero down. 


On April 30, Danny Santana can opt-out of his minor league deal with Boston.  However, according to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe, Santana has agreed to push his opt-out date back.  The veteran utilityman is rehabbing from a right foot infection. 


Santana makes the most sense right now for Boston if they decide to send down Cordero.  The knee jerk reaction from fans would be to call up Jarren Duran.  If the Red Sox wanted Cordero to get meaningful at-bats, calling up Duran to platoon doesn’t make sense either. 


Michael Chavis could be recalled from Worcester, but with minor-league options available still, Santana seems more likely to get the nod. 


Cordero will still have some time to work through his struggles at the plate.  If he is unable to figure out his swing, he will be optioned down to Worcester.  It’s still very early to judge the return for Benintendi.  If Cordero is sent to the minors, it’ll give ammo to fans and the media to challenge another one of Chaim Bloom’s moves. 



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  1. The season is young. The guy is in a slump. Think long term. Cool your jets.

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