Rockies Could Trade Cook

Eli GreenspanSenior Analyst IMay 30, 2009

DENVER - MAY 10:  Starting pitcher Aaron Cook #28 of the Colorado Rockies delivers against  the Florida Marlins during MLB action at Coors Field on May 10, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. Cook earned the win as the Rockies defeated the Marlins 3-2.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Rockies ace Aaron Cook is off to a disappointing start since winning 16 games in 2008. He is 3-2 with a 4.82 ERA in 10 starts, including a complete game shutout.

Cook is a solid pitcher, but is playing for a struggling ball club in hitters' heaven. Cook has two years and $18.25 million left on his contract, with a mutual option for 2012. The Rockies have several strong young pitchers in the minor league system, and it should only get better after June's amateur draft.

While there is talk that Erik Bedard will be traded, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik has not said they are going to move him. Peavy is expected to be made available, but his price could take a hit if his ankle injury does not heal.

Cook will cost a couple prospects, but nothing like Peavy or Bedard. The Phillies would be smart to ask about Cook has only pitched once at Citizens Bank Ballpark, but is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in seven innings.


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