BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Red Sox did not call up Aaron Cook by the midnight deadline on May 1, and reports are out Wednesday that they may be exploring trades for the right-hander.

Comcast Sports New England is reporting the Red Sox are entertaining trade offers for Cook, who may exercise his opt-out clause in his contract Wednesday.

Cook had to be placed on the Red Sox’ major league roster by midnight on May 1 or he could declare for free agency. If (or when) he does that, Boston will have 48 hours to either set him free or promote him to big league club.

But there are reportedly teams interested in Cook, who had a very successful stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Cook went 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA in five starts in Triple A, making his case for a spot in the Boston — or another team’s — rotation.

Read: Sox Call Up Iglesias, Send Down Tazawa

However, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine hinted earlier this week that if Cook was called up, he would be used out of the bullpen.

It might not be a bad idea for the Red Sox to keep cook around, with Felix Doubront stuggling Tuesday night against the light-hitting Oakland Athletics. Doubront lasted just four innings, allowing five runs off six hits in Boston’s 5-3 loss.

But with Daisuke Matsuzaka making a quick recover from Tommy John surgury, Boston could have a surplus when it comes to starters.

Then again, is there really such thing as too much starting pitching?


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