BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 06: Aaron Cook #35 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Texas Rangers during the game on August 6, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Right-hander Aaron Cook, who’s been placed on trade waivers by the Boston Red Sox, is likely to garner significant attention this month as a possible acquisition for teams in need of additional pitching, such as the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers, reports Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:
Now that Cook has hit trade waivers, there could be a market for the righthander, who is owed relatively short money (the prorated part of a $1.55 million major league salary). The Orioles, Nationals, and Dodgers may be among teams taking a look at a sinkerballer who has had problems after the fifth inning.
The Orioles and Dodgers have need for additional starting pitchers, and while the Nationals boast one of the league’s top rotations, they may target a veteran such as Cook to fill in for right-hander Stephen Strasburg once he’s shut down for the season.
Over ten starts for the Red Sox this season, Cook has maintained an ERA of 4.58 with 1.1 SO/9 and 1.6 BB/9. The 33-year-old owns a career ERA of 4.53.
Which team should target Cook?