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The Red Sox are calling up Aaron Cook

May 2, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

Aaron Cook, Andruw Jones AP

Rob Bradford of WEEI is reporting that the Red Sox are planning on promoting Aaron Cook to the majors. The decision is today, he’d actually arrive in the next few days. The key here is that if he wasn’t on the big league roster today — or if he didn’t have an agreement in place with the Red Sox to make that happen as of today —  Cook could opt-out.

Cook has been killing ’em in Pawtucket, going 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA in five starts.  His success down there has led to some trade rumors of late, but the Sox have apparently decided that he can help them more in Boston for now.

But how does he help?  Who does he replace in the rotation? The two who were most expected to have trouble this year and thus require relief from Cook were Felix Doubront and Daniel Bard, but they’re doing fine. Beckett and Lester aren’t going anyplace.  I suppose Clay Buchholz is the most vulnerable right now, but really, one bad stretch won’t cost him his job, will it?

Bobby V. could go six-man rotation here. Or he could skip Bard once or twice, giving Cook starts and allowing Bard to be a true swingman.  Or he could just use Cook out of the pen, though his low strikeout rate seems problematic for that.

But it’s better to have too many arms than not enough, yes?

  1. bloodysock - May 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Let’s see if he actually takes the mound for Boston.

    • mornelithe - May 2, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      The trade rumors came before him being called up, so I doubt he’s getting traded.

  2. brokea$$lovesmesomeme - May 2, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Ground ball pitcher with the sox infield who had success at Coors field can’t be a bad combo can it? Besides he can’t be as bad as Bucholz and Bard.

  3. Jack Marshall - May 2, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    There is no rational reason not to install Cook in Bard’s place, make Bard the closer, eventually get Melancon back as the set up man, and return Aceves to the role he starred in last year. Bard’s starting ambitions can take second place to the welfare of the team. From here on, if the Sox do not do that, any problems in the pen are strictly self-inflicted.

    • Jonny 5 - May 2, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      None? How about Bard is plain better than Cook? Kinda seems rational to me.

    • bigleagues - May 2, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      Sir, if you are a casual fan, we have a place for you. Its called ESPN.

      Barring a sustained stretch of bad Starts, Bard is in the rotation for good. Get used to it. There is absolutely no good rationale for removing Bard from the rotation at this point and Bobby V has eluded to that sentiment.

      Aaron Cook over the past two seasons has been a front runner for the worst Starting Pitcher in the Major Leagues. Aside from his low-velocity and sky-high ERA during that time span, in 40 Starts he had a grand total of 88 K’s and 89 BB’s – that’s right . . . Cook’s K/BB ratio for the past two seasons is less than 1-1.

      And you truly believe that he is a good fit for ANY rotation in the AL East? Are ya serious?

    • Joe - May 2, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      I’m pretty sure Daniel Bard doesn’t have the authority to define his role with the team. He said he wanted to start and the Sox gave him the chance to win a spot in the rotation during spring training. The fact that he is there now and not in the bullpen isn’t because he wants to start, it’s because the Red Sox think it’s the best thing for the team.

  4. JB (the original) - May 2, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Since we’ve been all scholarly and lawyerly these past few days, what are the “fine print” stipulations of his contract in regards to this opting out option; does he need to be up “for good”, or some set amount of time, or if he’s sent down again he can opt out immediately if he wants, or what?

    • bloodysock - May 2, 2012 at 12:01 PM

      The Red Sox apparently did not call him up by midnight last night. Therefore, he now has the right to exercise his opt-out clause within the next 24 hours (by mignight tonight). The Red Sox then have 48 hours to call him up or trade him. And if he gets called up, he does not have options to be sent down, he’d have to be released/DFA’d/traded.

      • heynerdlinger - May 2, 2012 at 1:01 PM

        So wait, if he exercises his opt out clause, but the Sox have already called him up, how does any of this matter?

    • jwbiii - May 2, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      Cook has more than 5 years of MLB service time, so if the Red Sox were to outright him, he could refuse the assignment and walk.

    • jwbiii - May 2, 2012 at 12:29 PM

      Oh, and if he was DFAed, unless he stinks on ice in Boston, some team would claim him on waivers with his pro-rated $1.5M pricetag.

  5. mornelithe - May 2, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Bard was a great project, but I think his future is far brighter in the 8th inning/closer role. Have Cook take Bards spot on the rotation, send Bard back to the BP, and see how that works.

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