Tag:Aaron Cook
Posted on: July 29, 2010 5:08 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2010 7:01 pm
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Toronto's Downs hot property & other trade notes

Toronto was the focal point of last year's trade deadline, then-Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi was the point man and ace Roy Halladay was the bait.

A year later, Cliff Lee, Dan Haren and Roy Oswalt having been traded and Saturday's 4 p.m. EDT non-waivers trade deadline bearing down?

Toronto again is a focal point, first-year GM Alex Anthopoulos is the point man and reliever Scott Downs is getting as much action as anybody on the market.

Now Downs might not pack as much marquee punch as Halladay, but this year's trade market isn't exactly heavyweight, either.

And given the overwhelming bullpen needs of the majority of contenders this summer. ...

"He might be the best guy out there," the general manager of one club with interest in Downs says. "He's owed just a little more than $1 million, he's left-handed, he can close, he can set up. ..."

Among other clubs, the Blue Jays have fielded inquiries about Downs from the Yankees, Red Sox, Twins, Mets, Dodgers, Rockies, Giants, Reds and Phillies over the past several days.

Clubs also are watching Jays relievers Kevin Gregg and Jason Frasor.

-- The Nationals are holding out hope of signing slugger Adam Dunn to a contract extension between now and Saturday's trade deadline, which is why talks remain slow between them and other clubs like the White Sox, Yankees and Giants. If contract talks don't progress, trade talks are expected to.

-- The Dodgers, who obtained outfielder Scott Podsednik from Kansas City on Wednesday, still want to acquire a starting pitcher and worked hard to try and pry Roy Oswalt from Houston until the Phillies finally finished the deal. The Dodgers were given indications that Oswalt would have waived his no-trade clause to go there.

-- The Dodgers have scouted the Cubs' Ted Lilly but are lukewarm on him, particularly given that they'd get only about 10 starts for the roughly $4 million he's still owed. They also have had a scout sitting on Pittsburgh's Paul Maholm, who was blasted by the Rockies in Coors Field on Thursday (five earned runs, seven hits, 4 2/3 innings). The Pirates have not indicated yet whether they intend to move Maholm.

-- GM Ned Colletti thinks the chances of the Dodgers acquiring pitching help might be better in August given the slim pickings right now. Plus, Dodgers under Colletti have made several of their key moves in August. Last year, they added pitchers Vicente Padilla and Jon Garland, infielder Ronnie Belliard and pinch-hitter Jim Thome in August. Two years ago, they added Greg Maddux in August.

-- The Twins and Mets also continue to engage the Cubs regarding Lilly.

-- The sinking Rockies want to move starter Aaron Cook, according to one source, but there has not been much interest.

-- Philadelphia scouted Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa as a fallback in case Roy Oswalt did not work out.

-- The Angels, who are just about DOA right now, had been working toward a deal for the Cubs' Derrek Lee for several weeks before Lee nixed it. Angels outfielder Torii Hunter had dinner with Lee in Chicago on June 18 after that afternoon's game that doubled as a recruiting session. Lee must be one of the few people in baseball who can't be charmed by Hunter.

-- Multiple clubs have asked Milwaukee about veteran outfielder Jim Edmonds, but Edmonds has told the Brewers he does not want to go anywhere. He particularly would make sense for San Francisco, which is looking for an outfielder who can improve the offense.

-- This shoulder stiffness that sent Washington's Stephen Strasburg to the disabled list on Thursday is something completely new. His college coach, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, said at Petco Park on Wednesday night that Strasburg never had a shoulder or arm problem in three seasons at San Diego State. Not even something minor. "None. Zero. Nothing," Gwynn said.

Posted on: September 15, 2009 9:22 pm
 

Colorado's Cook on target to return

SAN FRANCISCO -- Simulated games are big around here these days. Colorado's injured starter trio of Aaron Cook, Jeff Francis and Jose Contreras each threw one Tuesday afternoon, and probably the best news from the Rockies' perspective was that Cook continues to progress well enough that we could see him back on a mound before the regular season.

No need to describe what a boon that would be for the Rockies, who have maintained without their ace since Aug. 22 when an elbow strain sidelined him. Cook is 10-6 with a 4.47 ERA in 25 starts this season.

"He threw the ball fine, physically he's fine," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "I can't tell you he was pinpoint in his pitches, but I didn't expect that. He threw good breaking balls and good sinkers that had that good Aaron Cook depth."

Cook next will throw another simulated game on Saturday and, if all goes well, he'll likely go from there to the Instructional League for more work. In a perfect Colorado world, he'll come back for at least one regular season start and then move into the playoffs with the Rockies.

"I am optimistic," Tracy said. "I'm very optimistic."

The manager said he definitely wants Cook to work a regular season game first, rather than re-joining the team in the playoffs.

"I think anytime you can get him back in the pool before waiting to involve him in really significant things, I that it's huge," Tracy said. "I think it's of utmost importance."

As for the other two, Francis, who has not pitched in 2009 after undergoing shoulder surgery, is working toward next year. Contreras' arm is fine but his strained calf remains sketchy. The Rockies are not yet comfortable with him moving quickly off of the mound to field bunts or to cover first base.

 

 
 
 
 
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