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 FOXSports.com 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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91 Comments on "Red Sox Sign Aaron Cook"


Chris Fiala
3 years 7 months ago

*facepalm*

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 7 months ago

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

Alex
3 years 7 months ago

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

GriffeyandSizemore
3 years 7 months ago

i don’t see upside.

3 years 7 months ago

Well, there’s no downside.

pastlives
3 years 7 months ago

i’d say 97 innings of 6.03 era is the downside

Fangaffes
3 years 7 months ago

It’s fewer innings at a 6+ ERA than Lackey, so that’s a plus.  Right?

3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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 7 months ago

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

notsureifsrs
3 years 7 months ago

3.83 K/9 watch out yankees

East Coast Bias
3 years 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months ago

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

I still think you’re wrong haha

3 years 7 months ago

Dude, how did you remember that conversation?

East Coast Bias
3 years 7 months ago

I take ginseng every morning… except when I forget.

notsureifsrs
3 years 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months ago

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

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months 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.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 7 months ago

Minor league deal… absolutely nothing to dislike.

3 years 7 months ago

Completely agree. No risk at all, and there’s a non-zero chance he throws 180 above-average innings.

toddcoffeytime
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

world series bound, baby!

peter gutierrez
3 years 7 months ago

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

Dan Mazzaro
3 years 7 months ago

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

Karkat
3 years 7 months ago

OUR SEASON IS SAVED.

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 7 months 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 7 months ago

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

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months ago

What is Cherrington doing!

jordan
3 years 7 months 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)

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months 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.

NomarGarciaparra
3 years 7 months ago

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

Steve_in_MA
3 years 7 months 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.

peter gutierrez
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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

0bsessions
3 years 7 months 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.

3 years 7 months ago

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 7 months ago

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

gradylittle
3 years 7 months ago

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

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

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

jordan
3 years 7 months ago

im not really shocked

johnsmith4
3 years 7 months ago

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

0bsessions
3 years 7 months 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.

JB3
3 years 7 months ago

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

MetsMagic
3 years 7 months 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. 

whosurpapa
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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 7 months 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.