SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Rockies are bringing back right-handed pitcher Aaron Cook -- their career leader in starts, wins and losses -- on a Minor League contract. The deal was first reported by the Denver Post, and the club acknowledged Thursday there was an agreement. Cook, who declined to go to the Minors with the Phillies, will pitch at Triple-A Colorado Springs. A second-round Rockies pick in the 1997 First-Year Player Draft, Cook went 72-68 in 206 starts plus 32 relief appearances in 2002-2011. His time with the Rockies included an appearance in the 2008 All-Star Game. Cook went 4-11 with a 5.65 ERA in 18 starts for the Red Sox last season.
Cook went 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA in six games, including three starts, with the Phillies this spring before becoming a free agent.
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