NEW YORK -- Closer Francisco Cordero has long professed his desire to remain with the Reds beyond this season. And though it's not in writing yet, Cordero is pleased to know the feeling is mutual."They're talking to my agent, and maybe something will get done," Cordero said on Monday. "The Reds told me they wanted me to come back. I said I wanted to come back." Cordero, 36, is in the final guaranteed year of his four-year, $46 million contract, which pays him $12 million this season. There is a $12 million club option for 2012 with a $1 million buyout that the Reds must decide upon by the time the World Series ends next month. General manger Walt Jocketty said that the team has yet to make a decision about the option. The club also has a $12 million option on second baseman Brandon Phillips that the club is likely to pick up. On the heels of a rough 2010 season, in which he was prone to walks and hits, Cordero has been solid throughout 2011. He entered Monday's series opener against the Mets at 5-3, with a 2.53 ERA and 35 saves in 41 chances. His 325 career saves rank him 13th all-time. Since the All-Star break, he has converted 19 of his 20 save opportunities. "It made me feel good," Cordero said of the Reds telling him he was wanted. "They said we would work something out. I hope everything works out well and I am back next year or another two years, or whatever they want to sign me for."
With hand improved, Frazier to start Tuesday
NEW YORK -- Rookie infielder Todd Frazier has been limited to one pinch-hit appearance since being drilled on the left hand by a 97-mph fastball from Joel Hanrahan in Pittsburgh on Friday.Frazier did not start on Monday against the Mets but has been told that he will be in the lineup on Tuesday. It is extra important for Frazier that he gets to play in this series, as the native of relatively nearby Toms River, N.J., expects a lot of friends and family at Citi Field this week. "It's still a little bruised," Frazier said of the hand. "But it's very functional."
Heisey gets call over Stubbs in opener vs. Mets
NEW YORK -- For the second straight game and the third time in five contests, Drew Stubbs was not in the lineup. Chris Heisey took his place in center field.Manager Dusty Baker said that nothing is wrong with Stubbs, who has a club-record 203 strikeouts entering Monday's opener in New York, and who notched his 40th stolen base of the season on Saturday vs. the Pirates. "He's doing OK. He's playing the next two days," Baker said. It appears unlikely that Heisey will challenge Stubbs' incumbency in center field next season. Heisey will more likely compete for the left-field spot, but he could be moved around because of his versatility. "I don't know what's going to happen over the winter, but that's what Heisey has been doing all year," Baker said. "He is better in the corners, but he can play all three outfield positions."