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Red Sox sign Cook to minor league deal

By Nick Cafardo
Globe Staff / January 10, 2012
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The Red Sox continue to build their arsenal of pitchers to compete for rotation spots and pitching depth, signing former Colorado Rockies righthander Aaron Cook yesterday.

Cook, who will be 33 next month, will have his physical in Boston tomorrow and if he passes he will sign a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. If he makes the major league roster, his salary will be $1.55 million.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington has acquired some veteran starters to compete for one or two spots in the starting rotation rather than spend on a big-name free agent. Carlos Silva, 32, was signed last week to a minor league deal.

A team source said the Sox are likely out of the bidding for Hiroki Kuroda, who is seeking in the $12 million-$14 million range per season.

The Sox’ concept is a page out of the book of the Yankees, who were successful with Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon last season.

Cook has been with the Rockies his entire career. He was 3-10 with a 6.03 ERA in 97 innings last season. He’s had some injuries that have held him back the past three years.

Last spring training, Cook shut a screen door on his index finger and broke it. He wasn’t able to pitch until June and it affected the sinker baller’s command.

Cook was highly recommended by new Sox pitching coach Bob McClure, who was Cook’s minor league pitching coach in the Colorado system.

Nick Cafardo can be reached at cafardo@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @nickcafardo.

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