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."