By DAVID MURPHY
UPDATED: 10:14 a.m.
Turns out, Aaron Cook made a bit of history last season, becoming the first pitcher in 37 years to post a K/9 and BB/9 rate of lower than 2.1.
EARLIER: The Phillies will have some veterans in spring training to compete with Kyle Kendrick and John Lannan for a spot in the back end of the Phillies rotation. After recently signing Rodrigo Lopez to a minor league deal, the Phillies today have agreed to a minor league deal with veteran sinkerballer Aaron Cook, FoxSports.com reported.
According to the website, Cook will earn $1.625 million if he is in the majors.
While the Phillies have Kendrick and Lannan signed to major league contracts, it does not necessarily mean that Cook will give them veteran depth at Triple-A. These deals usually include an opt-out clause that allows a pitcher to become a free agent if he is not on the big league roster by a certain date. Cook's contract with Boston last year included such a clause, and the Red Sox ultimately chose to make him a member of the big league team rather than let him walk. He ended up starting 18 games for Boston in 2012, posting a 5.65 ERA with a 58.6 percent ground ball rate but an average of just 1.9 strikeouts-per-nine-innings (compared with 2.0 walks).
Last year, the Phillies had veteran Joel Pineiro in camp on a minor league deal, but the two sides ended up parting ways.