Monday January 09, 2012 | 09:45 AM

The Boston Red Sox have signed Colorado Rockies starter Aaron Cook to a minor league contract, has reported.

Cook, 32 (33 in February), has only pitched for the Rockies, after being a second round draft pick in 1997. He was the losing pitcher in Game 4 of the 2007 World Series game against Boston.

Cook pitched well from 2007-2009, going 35-22 with a 4.07 ERA. Cook was an All-Star in 2008.

He slipped to 6-8, 5.08 in 2010, and 3-10, 6.03 last year when he was slowed by shoulder problems and a broken finger.

Cook joins a group competing for a spot in the starting rotation, to join Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz.

The Red Sox are considering bullpen pitchers Alfredo Aceves and Daniel Bard for the rotation. Felix Doubront and Andrew Miller will also be given a shot.

Before signing Cook, the Red Sox added Carlos Silva on a minor league contract. Silva has pitched for the Phillies, Twins, Mariners and Cubs.



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