Aaron Cook unlikely to be in Red Sox’s rotation mix

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Carlos Silva’s shoulder problems took him out of the running for a spot in the Red Sox’s rotation and manager Bobby Valentine indicated today that Aaron Cook is also unlikely to win the fifth-starter competition while recovering from shoulder problems of his own.

Valentine replied “I doubt it” when asked if Cook would have enough time to build up his arm strength, although he also told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that the team still views Cook as a starter option eventually.

Silva and Cook being out of the mix leaves Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Miller, Felix Doubront, and Vicente Padilla battling for one spot. Aceves would be the obvious choice, assuming the Red Sox don’t feel they need him more in the bullpen.

Report: Angels to acquire Ian Kinsler from the Tigers

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels will acquire second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers. It is not known yet what the Tigers will receive in return. Kinsler had to waive his no-trade clause in order for the deal to happen.

Kinsler, 35, hit .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, 90 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 613 plate appearances for the Tigers this past season. He’s in the final year of his contract and will earn $10 million for the 2018 season.

The Angels were certainly looking to upgrade at second base and did so with Kinsler. They were also reportedly interested in Cesar Hernandez of the Phillies.