Rockies sign RHP Cook to two-year contract with option

DENVER (Ticker) - Colorado Rockies pitcher Aaron Cook was rewarded for his courage on Thursday and for his performance on Friday.

The Rockies signed the righthander to a two-year contract with an option for 2008. No financial terms were released.

Cook was 7-2 with a 3.67 ERA in 13 starts last season. He returned to the major leagues in late July after being sidelined for nearly a year while recovering from a pair of life-threatening surgeries to relieve blood clots in his lungs.

Cook received the 16th annual Tony Conigliaro Award Thursday in Boston. The award is presented to the player who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage.

A second-round pick in 1997, Cook is 19-13 with a 4.80 ERA in 81 games, including 50 starts in parts of four seasons.

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Updated Friday, Jan 13, 2006