Veteran pitcher Aaron Cook was released today by the Philadelphia Phillies. Aaron Cook was a long time member of the Colorado Rockies organization, from 2002-2011, and a member of the Boston Red Sox last year.
The Phillies invited to the veteran to spring training with them, and had he been impressive they would have put him in the organization. In his 18.2 spring innings Aaron Cook sported a 3.38 ERA. He started three times, gave up 7 earned runs and allowed opponents to a .264 batting average.
Sure, Cook wasn’t terrible this spring, but at the outset of spring training the Phillies already had a wealth of starting pitchers that are either younger, paid less, or are named Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels or Roy Halladay. In order for Aaron Cook’s above major league minimum salary to be picked up by the Philadelphia Phillies they needed nothing short of dominance.
The Phillies gave Cook more than enough time to prove himself, he leads the Phillies in innings this spring, and though he is second only to Cole Hamels in spring training earned run average (for pitchers with more than 10 innings pitched) the fact remains that the Phillies simply do not have room for Cook at his salary given that his age and talent leave room for a very low ceiling. He did pitch reasonably well this spring however, and there are a wealth of teams looking for pitching help, so I expect someone to take a flier on the veteran.