The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of six teams who have shown preliminary interest in right handed pitcher Aaron Cook, according to Bill Brink.  Cook has a career 4.53 ERA in over 1300 innings pitched in the majors.  He’s never been a guy who can strike out batters, with a career 3.8 K/9 ratio, including a 4.5 K/9 ratio in 2011. Cook missed 60 games in 2011 with a broken finger.  Cook’s xFIP over the last three years hasn’t been that much worse than Paul Maholm’s. Personally, I’d have a lot of players on my wish list before I got down to Cook.

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  1. That is just plain sad news, bringing me back to the days of Bonifay & Littlefield during the winter getting excited about signing pitching garbage of whom they’ve convinced themselves could be good moves but who in reality eventually suck all year until they get enough nads to release them only after months of fans screaming for them to hurry up and get rid of the guy.

  2. Due diligence to take a look. I mean this team needs some starting pitching. Cook is far from the top of my list and would be a bad signing IF he was the only arm brought in.

    Just taking a look at the agents there are 15 starting pitchers I would take over him. Six of them (Wilson, Jackson, Buehrle, Oswalt, Vazquez and Kuroda) are probably highly unlikely targets but that still leaves 9 players.

    In alphabetical order those players are Bedard, Capuano, Francis, Harang, Harden, Hernandez, Maholm, Marquis, Pineiro.

    Plus there are players like Millwood and Penny who I value about the same.

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