Red Sox Sign Aaron Cook

The Red Sox have agreed to terms with right-hander Aaron Cook on a minor league contract. The deal is worth $1.5MM prorated if Cook is called up to the Major Leagues, according to Rob Bradford and Alex Speier of WEEI.comMichael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that Cook, who has passed his physical, could earn an additional $2MM in incentives based on games started. Ken Rosenthal of first reported the deal.

Cook, 33 next month, has spent his entire Major League career to date with the Rockies, posting a 4.53 ERA in 1,312 1/3 innings over parts of 10 seasons. His best work came during a four-year stretch from 2006-09, when he averaged 187 innings per season and recorded a 4.11 ERA. At his peak in 2008, Cook was worth as many as 4.7 wins above replacement, according to FanGraphs.

The groundballer (57.4% career rate) battled injuries each of the past three seasons, however, with his 97 innings in 2011 marking his fewest since 2005. With Cook falling short of expecations the past couple seasons, the Rockies unsurprisingly declined his $11MM 2012 option in October, making him a free agent for the first time.

With the Red Sox, Cook will compete for a rotation spot, according to Rosenthal. If he's healthy and inducing wormburners, he could prove to be a valuable, low-cost addition for the Sox. MLBTR's Tim Dierkes included Cook among such candidates in a post last week.

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  1. Chris Fiala 3 years ago


  2. Encarnacion's Parrot 3 years ago

    He was an All-Star once, so he must be good.

  3. Alex 3 years ago

    Not bad. High-upside, low-risk signing for the Sox. Can’t hate this move.

    • GriffeyandSizemore 3 years ago

      i don’t see upside.

    • I never hate a minor league contract, but I’m not sure “high-upside” is the phrase you were looking for.

    • I don’t see upside here either. he’s a bad pitcher and even worse against AL east teams, and no durability. he probably won’t sniff the big leagues this year

      • grant77 3 years ago

        We are talking about Boston’s rotation here…..

  4. notsureifsrs 3 years ago

    3.83 K/9 watch out yankees

    • East Coast Bias 3 years ago

      Hey remember when I said Theo should have added depth in the minors last year, and you said no because those veteran pitchers would be blocking pitchers from the minors… 

      Changed your stance yet or sticking to it? 

      • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

        sticking to it. don’t try to broaden my position from “in march of 2011″ to “under any circumstances”

        • East Coast Bias 3 years ago

          Nope. We were talking specifically about last year. But good to know… 

          I still think you’re wrong haha

          • Dude, how did you remember that conversation?

          • East Coast Bias 3 years ago

            I take ginseng every morning… except when I forget.

          • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

            given that september, agreeing with the strategy of the 2011 red sox is never gonna look quite right

            but i blame scott proctor

          • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 3 years ago

            To be fair, he kept Boston in the race too giving up that bomb to Ellsbury late in the season in extras.

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

        They had too much in wrong areas in ML depth.. The Duckworth/Fox/Millwood types that were never going to help anyone and just take rotation spots from legitimate prospects that COULD have helped and they are doing that same junk again this year with Duckoworth Haeger resigning, Mathis, now add Silva and Cook to the mix.. Exactly where is Tazawa and Wilson supposed to fit into all of this with those above named retreads (ex Haeger) all starters for years?

        Where are Balcom-Miller, even Ranaudo supposed to fit if say, Ranaudo does exceptionally well at AA for 1st half and deserved to be called up to Pawtucket, but cannot (or they won’t) only because the rotation there is filled up with people of -0- use to anyone, except the hopes of Pawtucket for a International league crown?

        This filling up now half of the Pawtucket roster with rubbish of Duckworth, Pena Jr, Mathis, Thomas has got to stop.. They have signed 3-4 who have any chance of helping in the future (Cook included) and those are Carlson, Hill, Silva and remote chance of Spears, who they could call up any emergency body to play 1-2 games and do the same thing with if everyone went down.

        • Lars Chunks 3 years ago

          Did you look at the Pawtucket pitching staff last year?  They will take all the live bodies they can get.  Most of the pitching depth is at the lower levels right now.  Someone has to pitch in AAA…

          • johnsilver 3 years ago

            I know exactly who they have at AA and AAA as hover around the prospect pool, collegiate levels as much as anyone TYVM…..

        • Joe Goodin 3 years ago

          Ya know maybe these younger pitchers might not be ready right away. As the veteran pitchers proove to be good or bad, they’ll be either promoted (Seeing the weak MLB rotation) or released. This is why it’s called a minor league contract. The young guys will sniff AAA next season at least by June or July

    • Dan Mazzaro 3 years ago

      You don’t have strike out a lot of guys to be effective (not saying he is). He’s a groundball pitcher.

  5. Leonard Washington 3 years ago

    Low risk/some solid starts as a reward signing. I don’t think we expect the guy to be a legitimate piece of the rotation so everybody can chill.

  6. start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

    Minor league deal… absolutely nothing to dislike.

  7. toddcoffeytime 3 years ago

    Not a horrible pitcher, good signing as spring competition at the very least.

  8. world series bound, baby!

    • peter gutierrez 3 years ago

      hell!!! i would just give them the world series trophy already, no need to play the season!!!

    • Dan Mazzaro 3 years ago

      Go away and take everyone else who makes this joke with you!

  9. Karkat 3 years ago


    This is like… Plan G, what is going on >_>

    I mean, organizational depth is fine, but Cook and Silva aren’t going to do anything useful.

    • Leonard Washington 3 years ago

      They are the exact definition of organizational depth. Please show me a team with exceptional pitchers as depth. Please. I’ll wait………..

      • Karkat 3 years ago

        Your organizational depth pitching is supposed to have upside, though x_x

        • start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

          Every team makes these kind of moves. It’s a no risk move for an emergency starter. If they turn out to contribute then it’s a great unexpected bonus.

          I’m fine with the fools who suddenly are taking Gammons at his word that the Red Sox see Silva as this year’s Garcia. But I’m a little annoyed with Red Sox fans who dislike this move believing it’s significant. As I said, this move is simply to stock Pawtucket with emergency arms. If one of them contributes then that’s great… but otherwise, so what.

          • Karkat 3 years ago

            I’m just getting antsy because we still haven’t signed a legit starter, and so all these little moves just remind me of that fact.

          • jordan 3 years ago

            ok, would you rather sign a starter to a S!it load of money and have it backfire like lackey, or have small signings that if they don’t preform are easier to cut… Oh and BTW the yankees have not done much either, and i would rather have small signings this year given who the FA SP are next year… I’m happy the sox are not throwing boat load of money this offseason, never turns out well

          • Karkat 3 years ago

            If Oswalt is truly looking for a one-year deal, that’d be a perfect signing. Kuroda, I believe, is also looking for a short-term contract. There’s no way around the fact that we need another starter to be competitive.

          • jordan 3 years ago

            everyone thinks kuroda is going to pitch in JAPAN, so that shows what people think of him/what he is asking for. Oswalt, would be fine, but he is asking for a one year deal to prove he is healthy and get a big contract next offseason, and i doubt he wants his “look I’m healthy” year to be pitching in the AL east. I bet he rather go to an easier league to UP his value 

          • 0bsessions 3 years ago

            If Oswalt on a one year deal was the perfect signing, he’d have been signed ages ago. It’s been weeks since he came out saying he’d like a one year deal to re-establish value and there hasn’t been any movement on him. At this point, either teams don’t like his medicals or his asking price has been astronomically high for a one year deal, otherwise he’d have been signed by now considering there’s no shortage of teams that could use a healthy Roy Oswalt.

            I’ll admit, I’d really like Oswalt, but his overall numbers are simply too good for it to be taking this long to find a team without some extenuating circumstance.

        • Leonard Washington 3 years ago

          Pretending they don’t have upside is pretty silly. One has the best control in the league and threw some solid games for the cubs last year, the other has a high career groundball rate and was effective pitching games at Coors when healthy. They have upside. No HOF’ers here but they could def be useful.

      • Rangersfan32 3 years ago

        Well Texas does have 7 starters on their 25 man roster and the Braves have about 4-5 MLB ready guys in their system to go along with their current rotation.

    • fgsfsfbbbrd 3 years ago

      They said that about Colon and Garcia for the Yankees last year. Who knows, maybe they’ll suprise us. That being said, I am tentatively agreeing, though I can see some potential success. Granted they when they were good (the times they weren’t awful (if those truly exist for both)) were not as good as Colon and Garcia were, but could potentially round out a rotation if the Sox don’t get any ‘big names’

    • slider32 3 years ago

      What is Cherrington doing!

  10. jordan 3 years ago

    EVERYONE FREAK OUT!?!?!?! OH WAIT its a MINOR LEAGUE SIGNING! both the sox and the yankees are cash strapped. id rather the sox give these types of signings then large contracts and have it blow up in our face (see lackey)

  11. Leonard Washington 3 years ago

    Just to refresh people who otherwise wouldn’t know. Starting pitching depth doesn’t consist of exceptional players EVER. If they were very good they wouldn’t be depth would they.

  12. NomarGarciaparra 3 years ago

    Always happy to see the Sox adding pitching via minor league deals.

  13. Steve_in_MA 3 years ago

    This is a NO-risk, not even a low-risk.  Its a pure MILB contract.  Assuming it does not require us to call him up by a date certain (or he once again becomes a free agent), we have absolutely nothing to lose by giving him a chance.  Even if there turns out to be no upside, its a very good signing by Cheri.

  14. peter gutierrez 3 years ago

    same moves as brad penny & john smoltz back in the 2009 season, neither lasted very long…

    • False.  Those were MLB deals for more guaranteed money.  Completely different scenario and opportunity cost.

    • 0bsessions 3 years ago

      As Brian pointed out:

      John Smoltz: $5.5 MM
      Brad Penny: $5 MM

      Neither Silva nor Cook have the potential upside Smoltz and Penny had, but they will come with a fraction of the cost and are both “in case of emergency, break glass” pitchers that won’t count toward the luxury tax unless they’re needed.

  15. So, not satisfied with having one washed up sinkerballer (Silva), they felt compelled to go get a 2nd one?

    Well Sox fans if you are still not satisfied, how about the Twins trade you Nick Blackburn?

    • 0bsessions 3 years ago

      Funny story, Silva and Cook will cost less combined than Blackburn will cost next season alone.

  16. gradylittle 3 years ago

    Good signing. If it works out, great! If it doesn’t then, well, oh well!

  17. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    an hour and no one has made a fried chicken, cook joke?

  18. johnsmith4 3 years ago

    This guy just might make Boston’s starting rotation during spring training.

    • 0bsessions 3 years ago

      He’s been extremely underrated. He’s not a good pitcher, but he’s got a legitimate shot. The Sox have a good defense overall, meaning a GB pitcher has a decent chance with them.

      • RahZid 3 years ago

        He’d have a better chance at success if the Sox would play Iglesias at SS instead of Scutaro…

  19. MetsMagic 3 years ago

    Not a bad signing. The guy pitched at pre humidor Coors, he can handle getting rocked every now and then. 

    In a rotation with Buchholz, Lester, and Beckett in it, you can get away with having a Carlos Silva or an Aaron Cook in it. 

  20. whosurpapa 3 years ago

    Yuck! I remember we lit this guy up in the WS.

    • 3 runs over 6 innings is considered a quality start.  In Colorado, against the 2007 Red Sox, I’d hardly call that “lit up”.  I don’t think one start means anything either way, just pointing out facts.

      • Fishing Bill 3 years ago

        Agreed, Cook actually should have beat the Sox that game. And for the record he’s not a horrible depth play, it is not impossible he bounces back because he was only bad these past two years due to injury.

  21. bigpat 3 years ago

    I guess they need starting pitching depth, someone to have in the minors just in case, but man this guy is horrible. He somehow parlayed one ok year into a 10M a year contract. He probably couldn’t strike out his own son, it could get ugly if he’s pitching in the AL East.

  22. grant77 3 years ago

    Everybody keeps saying he won’t make the rotation, but given that Boston has only 3 major league calibre starters in the organization, Cook should be fully expected to get a good number of starts.

  23. The_Porcupine 3 years ago

    This hurts and I’m not even a Sox fan.

  24. bosox7 3 years ago

    Oh sweet Jesus, a minor-league deal! Let’s overreact!

  25. llorcs 3 years ago

    What the heck is with Boston this year?  They remind me of Scrooge splurging on potato soup.  Guess they haven’t figured out they need real players yet.  How many scrap heap has-beens does it take to make ‘depth’ ?  Maybe they’re just for the chicken and beer runs between innings.

  26. VivaJackMurphy 3 years ago

     He won’t have any trouble transitioning from one team that hasn’t made the playoffs the last two years to another.

  27. Encarnacion's Parrot 3 years ago

    Forget to take your meds again?

  28. start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

    You strike me as the kind of person who would normally laugh at what Gammons says… so why do you believe him when he says Silva is potentially this year’s Garcia?

  29. start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

    For my company’s Christmas party they hired a comedian. He got zero laughs and around the room everyone was laughing at the comments from their fellow co-workers about how bad he was.

    I just say this to comment that he was more amusing than you are.

  30. There are times I wish I could smash my computer. This is one of those times.

  31. MaineSox 3 years ago

    As if you need to ask.

  32. I’ve only looked at Silva’s 2010 ERA. Haven’t checked any rates, ratios, percentages, or comparisons to Garcia. So, what I’m wondering is why you think Silva couldn’t have a Garcia type comeback? (Just to be clear I don’t have a stance on this. Just wondering your thinking)

  33. East Coast Bias 3 years ago

    Wake up?

  34. tdot32 3 years ago

    is that a joke? i can’t tell with you…

  35. I’m going to Disneyland!

  36. 0bsessions 3 years ago

    He gave them six innings of three run ball, not stellar but I would kill to have a fifth starter capable of even that at this point.

  37. ellisburks 3 years ago

    Maybe he meant the MVP for the Red Sox in the 2007 World Series when he pitched against them? (Although he didn’t pitch badly against the Sox then)(and I am aware it was sarcasm)

  38. start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

    ECB, you’re usually pretty good at picking up sarcasm.

  39. NickinIthaca 3 years ago

    Was the comedian also complimenting himself like Manny B. did up above?

  40. peter gutierrez 3 years ago

    Freddy Garcia won 12 games in 2010. a year before coming to the yankees, so it’s not like he came out of nowhere. he’s a guy who’s been pretty good for a long time. Silva has been horrible for most of his career.

  41. That’s a great idea! (unless they knocked the Angels out of the ALCS.)

  42. CaseyBlakeDeWitt 3 years ago


  43. CaseyBlakeDeWitt 3 years ago

    Ah man, I missed it! What insanity could mister Banuelos have said to earn these comments?

  44. start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

    No, but he did start every joke with “ok, you guys didn’t like that one.”

    My boss was displeased when I started hitting my head against the table loud enough for everyone in the room to hear. In my defense the people at my table were laughing at my futile attempts to hurt myself.

  45. Because Ranaudo struggled in A ball last year?

  46. 0bsessions 3 years ago

    The problem last year was depth, not a bad rotation from the get-go. Matsuzaka went down for TJ early and the problems that led to Lackey getting TJ allegedly cropped up in April. Buchholz was very good until he went down (Sub 4 ERA) and Lester and Beckett were both lights out from May through August. With Bard pretty much being handed a rotation spot to lose, all they need is stuff to fill out the fifth spot and some depth.

  47. grant77 3 years ago

    Hard not to be an improvement over Lackey.

  48. Tko11 3 years ago

    There is none but people love to overreact on minor league/ rotation depth signings. According to them team likes the Sox and Yankees should never sign guys like Cook but always go for “real” moves like Cj Wilson. 

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