Ex-Ranger Cordero criticizes Texas' 'stupid changes'
Cordero was 7-4 with a 4.81 ERA and six saves with the Rangers, who dealt him to the Brewers on July 28 along with outfielders Kevin Mench and Laynce Nix, and minor league left-hander Julian Cordero -- no relation to Francisco. All-Star outfielder Carlos Lee and outfielder Nelson Cruz went to the Rangers.
Cordero was 3-1 with a 1.69 ERA and 16 saves with the Brewers. He was an All-Star in 2004, setting a Texas record with 49 saves, but he set a major league record with five blown saves in April and lost the closer's job to Akinori Otsuka.
"They did not think about what I did for so long," Cordero told The Associated Press on Friday. "In Texas, they made stupid changes that didn't make sense. Lee is a free agent and now he's leaving. That's why the manager [Buck Showalter] isn't there anymore."
Rangers spokesman Gregg Elkin declined comment.
Milwaukee exercised Cordero's $5.4 million option last month. He said his agent was negotiating an extension with Milwaukee.
Cordero plans to play for the Escogido Lions in the Dominican Winter League.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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