While Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington has come under fire a lot this offseason, he's addressed several areas that needed addressing: The Bullpen, Right Field, and The Rotation.
On Friday, one of Cherington's good value additions, Aaron Cook, talked with WEEI's Alex Speier to talk about the upcoming season with the Sox. Cook, who has pitched with the Colorado Rockies his entire career, came over in the offseason on a minor league deal. Since 2009, Cook's battled several injuries and he's out to prove he's 100% next season.
"This offseason, it's been really good. I've put on another 10 pounds of muscle. I feel strong. I feel like my arm is in the best shape it's been in in a long time," said Cook. "That's really huge for me, just going into spring training knowing I don't have any health issues, and all I need to do is go out and worry about pitching the way I know how to pitch." (via WEEI)
As for why Aaron decided to come to Boston, he was allured by the idea of pitching for new Red Sox pitching coach Bob McClure, whom he had success with in Colorado.
"If I had concerns about my health, it might have been different and I might have looked for more of a major league deal. I feel like, if I can go to spring training and be who I am, it's not going to matter that I'm on a minor league deal, that I can go out there, win a spot and help us win some baseball games," said Cook. "It was something I really, really wanted to do, and Bob McClure was a pitching coach I really, really wanted to pitch for at the big league level." (via WEEI)