DENVER (AP) -The NL champion Colorado Rockies picked up pitcher Aaron Cook's $4.5 million option Wednesday and declined their $3.75 million option on reliever LaTroy Hawkins.
The Rockies also announced they will bring back manager Clint Hurdle's entire coaching staff next season.
Cook started Game 4 of the World Series against the Red Sox and pitched valiantly, allowing three runs and six hits in six-plus innings. Still, he took the loss as Boston completed a sweep with a 4-3 victory Sunday night. It was Cook's first major league outing since Aug. 10 because of a strained muscle in his side.
That injury probably cost Cook $500,000. If he had pitched 21 1-3 more innings this season his 2008 option would have become guaranteed at $5 million.
The Rockies chose to exercise his option rather than pay him a $400,000 buyout.
Cook, the team's opening-day starter, finished 8-7 with a 4.12 ERA in 25 starts covering 166 innings. The right-hander's career was sidetracked a few years ago because of life-threatening blood clots in his lungs.
Hawkins joined the Rockies before the season and went 2-5 with a 3.42 ERA in 62 appearances. The right-hander gets a $250,000 buyout. His salary this year was $3.25 million.

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