According to a tweet from Fox Sports baseball reporter Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox have signed right-handed starting pitcher Aaron Cook to a minor league contract pending a physical. Cook has pitched in the big leagues for nine seasons, all with the Colorado Rockies.
Cook last season started 18 games, finishing with a record of 3-10 and a 6.03 ERA. Cook has recorded double digit wins twice in his career when he had 16 in 2008 and 11 in 2009. Rosenthal said that Cook would go into spring training competing to be the Red Sox’ fifth starter in 2012.
This adds to the speculation that the Red Sox won’t be spending big money this off-season on pitching help, instead they will be signing many pitchers to small contracts with the hope that they will hit on one of them similar to Alfredo Aceves in 2011. Cook will likely not be the last pitcher the Red Sox sign to a minor league deal this off season.