Boston Red Sox Need to Add Aaron Cook to MLB Roster

Christopher BenvieCorrespondent IIMay 1, 2012

FORT MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Aaron Cook #35 of the Boston Red Sox poses for a portrait on February 26, 2012 at jetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Sitting here waiting for the 12:01 deadline to come, it becomes increasingly obvious that the Boston Red Sox absolutely need to retain the services of Aaron Cook.

It could be as a starter, or in relief.  Either way, it needs to happen.

Think about the consequences otherwise. Cook walks, the Sox get nothing, and some other team can reap the benefits of a well-seasoned pitcher who dominated in the Sox system.

While the rest of the pitching staff has been adjusting, why not beef it up?

Sure, the bullpen has posted a pretty amazing 0.74 ERA over the past nine games (two earned runs in 24.1 innings), but if fans have learned anything, it is that this pitching staff is suspect.

General manager Ben Cherington did send Lars Anderson back down to Pawtucket Tuesday night, he has yet to announce a counter move. Many believe this move makes way for Cook to join the big club.

In Triple-A, Cook has posted a record of 3-1 with a 1.89 ERA in five starts and 33.1 innings of work.

And, as John Tomase of the Boston Herald reports, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine intends to use Cook in a relief role should he be called up. 

“You don’t know what’s going to happen,” Valentine said. “Right now, I can’t say that it can be anything other than that.”

Suffice to say, truer words have never been spoken. In the game of baseball, the constants are always changing. Depending on which side of the Clay Buchholz argument you are on—some maintain he is just having a slow start, while others believe he should be put on the DL—Cook could fill in for him in the starting rotation.

On the flip side, those with concerns surrounding the bullpen and pitchers like Alfredo Aceves, the idea of adding Cook is definitely reassuring.

Whichever way you want to slice it, watching the clock over the next couple of days will be somewhat tense until Cook has a spot among the Red Sox pitching staff.