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2012 MLB Hot Stove: Ex-Rockie Aaron Cook Chose Red Sox To Win

Aaron Cook spent ten years with the Colorado Rockies, eventually becoming the franchise's winningest pitcher. But when the team collects for Spring Training this year, they'll be without Cook, who signed a minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox on Sunday after the Rockies declined their side of a mutual $11 million option.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported today that Cook chose the Red Sox because he believes it was his best opportunity to win a spot in the starting rotation of a contending team. With a season ending injury to John Lackey, the Red Sox do have a few holes in the back of their rotation. Cook will be in competition with ex-relievers Alfredo Aceves and Daniel Bard, as well as Andrew Miller and Daisuke Matsuzaka.

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