FORT MYERS, Fla - Aaron Cook has been paid a $100,000 retention bonus meaning he will be a part of the Red Sox organization (not necessarily the 25-man roster) to start the season.
Under the new collective bargaining agreement, veterans signed to minor league deals must be awarded the bonus to stay in the organization or they're free to go elsewhere. Cook still has a May 1 opt-out of his contract and will make his next start Monday.
There's still time for Cook to make the 25-man roster. He threw 68 pitches on Wednesday and would likely stretch out to 80-plus on Monday.
Cook's contribution could be that he's much different than anyone the Red Sox have in their rotation. As a sinker-baller who pitches to contact, that's a much different look than their other four starters.
Cook's inclusion in the rotation would allow the team to use both Alfredo Aceves and Felix Doubront out of the bullpen.
Vicente Padilla is also operating under a minor league deal and likely received the same $100,000 bonus that Cook did.