Aaron Cook Reportedly Placed on Trade Waivers by Boston Red Sox

Zak SchmollAnalyst IAugust 17, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 15:  Aaron Cook #35 of the Boston Red Sox throws a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 15, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Aaron Cook has been placed on trade waivers by the Boston Red Sox, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

Via Twitter, Cafardo also said that Felix Doubront and Andrew Miller were put on waivers. He did, however, say that he doesn't expect Doubront to go anywhere.

This has not been the best year for Cook, but he has shown some encouraging signs that might make him a viable option for some contender down the stretch.

For example, if we go all the way back to June 29, you might remember that he pitched a complete-game two-hitter. On July 16, he went seven strong innings where he only allowed one unearned run. Finally, on Aug. 6, he also went seven strong innings while only allowing one earned run.

So, even in a season where his overall numbers don't look too great at 3-6 with a 4.58 ERA, there is some potential in that arm.

Some team might be willing to trade for him and hope a change of scenery makes him more consistent.

Now, who might be a potential trade partner?

The St. Louis Cardinals could make a very interesting option. Their pitching staff has seen some major injuries this season—Chris Carpenter and Jaime Garcia—and even though their rotation has been very strong behind great performances from Lance Lynn and Kyle Loshe, adding a little more depth wouldn't hurt.

As far as I have read, no talks have even been rumored to have happened between these two teams, but it would be mutually beneficial. The Red Sox need to sell whatever they can, and it might not hurt the Cardinals to have an additional, durable arm as they push for a playoff spot.


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