Report: Red Sox, RHP Cook, agree to minor league deal

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Report: Red Sox, RHP Cook, agree to minor league deal

It's not going to alter the landscape of the Red Sox roster -- or maybe even their pitching rotation -- but the team reportedly agreed to a minor league contract with RHP Aaron Cook, which includes an invite to Spring Training.

The agreement, which is pending a physical, was first reported by FOX Sports.

The issue with Cook has been his health over the last three years, as he's missed time in each of the last three seasons with numerous injuries.

Cook's 2011 was certainly nothing to write home about. In 18 games, he went 3-10 with a 6.03 ERA in 97.0 innings pitched.

His 2008 and 2009 seasons were better, though. Cook went 16-9 in 32 games in 2008, with a 3.96 ERA in 211.1 innings pitched. He also went to the All-Star game that season. In 2009, Cook went 11-6 with a 4.16 ERA in 258.0 innings pitched.

Cook's sinkerball is his best pitch, and if healthy, could be a nice asset for the Red Sox in 2012.

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 

 

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team." 

Would he be interested?

"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.