Phillies Sign RHP Aaron Cook to Minor League Deal

Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Phillies have signed right-handed starter Aaron Cook to a minor league contract that would pay him $1.625 million if he makes the Major League roster.

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As reported by Jon Morosi on the Twitter, the Phillies have agreed to a minor league contract with right-handed starting pitcher Aaron Cook. The deal will reportedly pay him $1.625 million if he makes the Major League roster.

Cook, 33, spent the first 10 years of his career with the Colorado Rockies before joining the Red Sox in 2012, where he had a season of incredibly weird proportions. Never a strikeout artist of any kind (career strikeouts per nine innings of 3.7), Cook posted a 2.0 mark in 2012 (20 strikeouts* in 94 innings pitched). The results were not so good either -- a 5.65 ERA with 15 home runs allowed. Earlier in the season, Fangraphs took a look at Cook's historic performance, which actually "improved" as the season went on.

Cook's best season with the Rockies came in 2008, when he posted a 16-9 record with a 3.96 ERA, good for 4.1 rWAR and an All-Star Game appearance.

This appears to be the deepest of depth moves, although if they need someone to sop up innings in the (likely) event one of the Phillies starters misses time in 2013, Cook represents a human being who can throw baseballs and do the job.

*As reported over at MLB Daily Dish, one of those 20 strikeouts was Superman Mike Trout. Funny game, that baseball.

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