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Red Sox sign righty Aaron Cook to minor league contract

Jan 8, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT

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From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Red Sox have signed right-hander Aaron Cook to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. The agreement is pending a physical.

Rosenthal says Cook will be given a change to compete for a job in the Boston rotation during spring camp, but the 32-year-old likely faces long odds.

Cook posted a brutal 6.03 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in 97 innings last season for Colorado, striking out only 48 batters while issuing 37 walks. He had a 5.08 ERA and 62/52 K/BB ratio in 127 2/3 innings in 2010.

The Red Sox had a disappointing 4.20 team ERA last year that ranked 22nd in the majors and have been looking to upgrade their pitching staff all offseason, but Cook isn’t capable of providing any sort of spark.

  1. hammyofdoom - Jan 8, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Nothing to see here, move along now

  2. kandh2004 - Jan 8, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Are you sure with those numbers he didn’t pitch for the Red Sox last September?

    • bozosforall - Jan 9, 2012 at 10:29 AM


      He sure does sound like a choker who would have fit in with the biggest chokers of all time, the 2011 Red Sox.

      • bobwsc - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:18 AM

        bigger chokers than the ’04 Yanks?

        he looks more palatable than AJ Burnett.

      • bozosforall - Jan 9, 2012 at 12:07 PM

        Yes, way bigger chokers than the ’04 Yanks. A MONTH of choking, as opposed to a WEEK.

        Then again, if it’s a playoff choke you want, then look no further than 1978, when the Red Sox choked away the special playoff game. Or the 1986 choke versus the Mets in the World Series. Or if it’s length of time that you want, we can always look at the 86 year WS title drought that belongs to the Red Sox. ANY way you slice it, the Red Sox are the bigger chokers.

      • Ari Collins - Jan 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

        New York was a game from going to the World Series and lost four games in a row. No one’s ever done that before in the entire history of baseball.

        People have lost big leads in the final month before. But only one team has ever lost a 3-0 lead in the playoffs.

      • tuloisgod - Jan 9, 2012 at 3:23 PM

        Cookie is NOT a choker, bozosforall. He’s just not very good anymore and has been snakebit with awful injuries for much of his career. He actually pitched the best game for the Rox in the ’07 World Series against these same BoSox, coming off a long layoff from yet another injury in Game 4 (he hadn’t pitched since September) and holding a very powerful (and, might I add, steroid-assisted) Sox lineup to two runs. He’s a good guy, though, tough and serious — not a choker or a fried chicken-and-beer-in-the-clubhouse-during-the-game type.

  3. mtm1321 - Jan 9, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    What was the point of signing him!

    • baseballisboring - Jan 9, 2012 at 12:31 AM

      I mean, it’s just a depth move. He has been good in the past and someone seems to catch lightning in a bottle with some scrap heap pickup like him every year, look at Bartolo. No one’s expecting much but…that’s why it’s a minor league deal.

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 9, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    and in other news the blue jays told prince fielder they are interested if he accepts a 1 year deal at 2mil per year, lol. talk about a NON STORY!!

  5. bosoxfan1950 - Jan 9, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    Its what is known as a “J.I.C.” deal. As in “Just In Case” he’s any good. A. k. a. a “low-risk — high reward” scenario. Let’s see, “nothing ventured , nothing gained” also fits the situation. In other words, “what the hell have we got to lose? Nothing! So why not?” Here’s hoping!
    But, if Cook is taking the place of Maholm or Oswalt in the mix, I’ll really need to buy a new baseball cap.

    • robertterwilliger - Jan 9, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      the problem with signing maholm is that he might end up pitching for you.

  6. hushbrother - Jan 9, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    He can’t be worse than Lackey or Wakefield were last year

  7. coloredink5 - Jan 9, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    i thought he was intrested in joining the padres. It would have been a better career move and most likeley would start in the padres rotation. He would have been better off joing the padres

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