The Boston Red Sox have purchased some insurance for their starting rotation. But the policy has an expiration date.
Veteran right-handers Carlos Silva and Aaron Cook recently signed minor-league deals with the Red Sox. Silva has not pitched in the majors since Sept. 7, 2010. Cook is coming off a dreadful season in the National League (3-10, 6.03 ERA). But the Red Sox hope they can bounce back in the game’s most rugged division, the way Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon did for the rival Yankees last year.
But Red Sox officials won’t have an indefinite amount of time to evaluate them. Silva can opt-out of his contract if he’s not on Boston’s 25-man roster in mid-April, a source told FOXSports.com. Cook can do the same on May 1.
Cook will earn a base salary of $1.5 million if he makes the big-league roster. Silva’s deal calls for a $1 million major-league split.
-- Jon Paul Morosi