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Pirates interested in free agent right-hander Aaron Cook

Nov 28, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT

Aaron Cook

We learned earlier this month that Aaron Cook planned to talk to the Padres and Reds, but Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates have also expressed interest in the free agent right-hander.

Talks are said to be in the early stages and Brink hears that the Bucs are just one of about a “half dozen” teams in the mix. The Rockies declined Cook’s $11 million option late last month.

Cook has experienced some bad luck with injury over the past two seasons, including a broken leg in 2010 and shoulder tendinitis and a broken ring finger in 2011. The 32-year-old right-hander has a brutal 5.49 ERA during the same time period, so he’ll likely have to accept a one-year deal with a low guarantee.

The Pirates tentatively have Jeff Karstens, Kevin Correia, Charlie Morton, James McDonald and Brad Lincoln lined up for their 2012 rotation, though Morton’s recent hip surgery could put him at risk for missing the early part of the season.

  1. 2r2d - Nov 28, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    I hope the Reds don’t get him. He sounds like he would get banged around in GABP

    • dan1111 - Nov 29, 2011 at 5:39 AM

      He is a ground ball pitcher, and he has also pitched half his games at Coors Field. So, his numbers might translate pretty well.

  2. tuloisgod - Nov 28, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    Cookie “has experienced some bad luck with injury” over his entire career, not just the past two seasons. Seems to be a good guy and can pull a gem out of his butt a few times a season, but otherwise is mostly just a back-half of the rotation guy who, when healthy, will chew up some innings (and the manager’s stomache lining) with a 4.50 ERA.

  3. sf49erguy - Nov 28, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    beats Steve Cooke..

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