Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 1/8/12
The Red Sox, taking a step toward upgrading their rotation, have reached agreement with free-agent right-hander Aaron Cook on a minor league contract, according to major league sources. The deal, which will become official when Cook passes a physical, includes an invitation to spring training, the sources said. Cook, 32, is familiar with new Red Sox pitching coach Bob McClure, who worked in the Rockies' organization from 1999 to 2005. Cook was the Rockies' second-round pick in '97, and pitched for them in the majors from '02 to '11. With Cook, the issue is staying healthy. He was down with a shoulder ailment last spring when he broke the tip of his right finger in a door. He returned in late June and went 3-10 with a 6.03 ERA the rest of the season. In 2010, he missed time with turf toe and a broken right leg that he suffered on a line drive by the Reds' Joey Votto. In 2009, he was out for more than a month with a strained right shoulder. Cook, though, is the Rockies' all-time ...
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