Cook Released; Triple-A Rotation Practically Set

Aaron CookThe Phillies entered Spring Training with veterans Aaron Cook and Rodrigo Lopez expected to pitch in the Triple-A Lehigh Valley rotation.

Both are gone.

They released Lopez last week and they released Cook today The Phillies had a noon deadline today on Cook. They had to promise him a spot on the 25-man roster, pay him a $100,000 retention bonus to pitch in Triple-A or release him. Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said after a discussion with Cook’s agent they decided to release him.

“We decided that was the best thing to do,” Proefrock said. “It was our decision. But I think Ruben (Amaro Jr.) was cognizant and considerate of the player’s feelings of the circumstances.”

Cook went 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in six Grapefruit League appearances, but went 13-29 with a 5.54 ERA the previous three seasons, including 20 strikeouts in 18 starts last season with the Red Sox. Cook’s departure sets up a Triple-A rotation with right-handers Tyler Cloyd, Jonathan Pettibone, Ethan Martin and B.J. Rosenberg and left-hander Adam Morgan, although Proefrock said nothing has been finalized.

If the Phillies needed a sixth starter immediately, Cloyd could have the edge based on experience, but Morgan has impressed the Phillies this spring. But it simply might be the hottest hand at the time.

“I think it remains to be seen, but we do have options,” Proefrock said. “And that’s the positive aspect of it. I think we feel pretty good about the depth we have. It is experienced? Probably not as experienced as you’d like, but they’ve got to get experience somehow.”

Of course, there is a possibility Cook could return to the Phillies, if he doesn’t find a better situation elsewhere.

“I don’t think we’ve closed any doors and I don’t think he did either,” Proefrock said. “You just have to wait and see how things play out. But at this time we thought it was the right thing to do for all involved.”

22 Comments

So, who’s our swing man/ long reliever?

Cook was better than Lannan. They should have paid him to stay at AAA.

phan52, I think it was clear in the article that Ruben spoke with Cook and Lopez and their agents and gave them their “freedom”. I suppose they could have paid them the hundred thousand bucks and sent them to LV, but I guess Ruben is a nice guy…..

Also, It would have knocked two prospects out of the Iron Pigs’ rotation, which is something they were probably not willing to do.

Too many people were being fooled by Aaron Cook. The guy stinks. Stop looking at ST numbers.

Here are Cook’s numbers
2010: 127.2 IP 5.08 ERA 1.56 WHIP
2011: 97.0 IP 6.03 ERA 1.69 WHIP
2012: 94.0 IP 5.65 ERA 1.47 WHIP

The guy has been arguably the worst pitcher in baseball over the last 3 years and people are whining that he got cut.

John is correct. Look at Cook’s last three seasons in the big leagues.

TODD! Nice of you to visit your own blog comments thread!

so who the &%$#& is Lannan? Please tell me he is not one of the SP this season….

Lannan is a good fifth starter. He is a guy who 90% of the time with give you 5 1/2 innings and give up 2 or 3 runs. Basically a guy who gives you a decent chance to win but doesn’t win games for you(similar to 08 Jamie Moyer in that way)

In 2011, in 33 starts he failed to go 5 innings only 4 times. (88%) 6 innings is a little more of a stretch and 7 is his max.
The bullpen had better be on 8-hours’ sleep the night before he pitches, because he doesn’t finish games at all and only got through 7 innings 5 times.

Lannan is a guy who has sucked pitching against the Phils his whole career and been very good against every other team. If he just pitches his career average, he’ll be more than an up-grade from Blanton…..

Muleman, why is 7 innings a stretch? From 2007 through 2011 he pitched for a team which had a record of 340-468. He averaged 5.86 innings per start and had an ERA of 4.00. I believe the weaker a team is the more likely it is to pull the starter earlier. By the way, as you are well aware, nobody finishes games these days. I think you need to find another punching bag. What you should be crowing about is the inability of the Halladays, Lees, and Hamels to close the deal rather than bashing the #5 guy. Better yet, start crowing about the real architects of failure, Ruin and Charlie.

“Better yet, start crowing about the real architects of failure, Ruin and Charlie.”

That is a bold statement. One .500 season and suddenly they are architects of failure. What moves have really been so horrible? What should have be done differently? With some horrible architects of failure you should have quite a lengthy list.

We will put you down as a happy fan as long as the Phillies finish above .500. And, yes I have a lengthy list of the failures of both Ruin and Charlie. If I need to recite them to you here you either have not been paying attention or you are some kind of pie eyed optimist. .

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Pherrisphan, I asked for your list because people love to complain about Rueben Amaro but I’ve never heard many valid complaints. If you want to say he shouldn’t have traded Lee, that I’ll give you and I think he admitted as much by going and getting Lee back. The other major complaint is the contract of Ryan Howard, but I would argue that at the time he signed for below market value. Did it end up being a bad move? Yes, but I thought it was the move to make at the time. In the grand scheme of his years as GM I don’t think these moves qualify him as an “architect of failure” but maybe you can educate me with your “lengthy list”.

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