According to a major league source, the Red Sox are planning on promoting Aaron Cook to their major league 25-man roster. While the team did not summon him from the minors on May 1, thus giving him the right to request his release from his contract if not promoted to the majors within 48 hours of said request, the team does not plan on losing the 33-year-old via free agency.
Instead, the team expects to call up Cook in the coming days. Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, Cook had 24 hours to request his release if not promoted within the 48-hour window. But before the expiration of such a window, the team plans on adding Cook to its major league roster.
Manager Bobby Valentine said on Monday that Cook's role will be as a reliever, a role he hasn't performed regularly in since 2003. With Triple-A Pawtucket, Cook went 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA in five starts, pitching in 33 1/3 innings and holding opponents to a .217 batting average while allowing just one homer.
According to another major league source, multiple teams expressed interest in trading for Cook, but were told the Red Sox planned to promote the 33-year-old righty.
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