The Seattle Mariners have signed right handed reliever Ryan Cook to a Minor League deal with an invite to spring training, the team announced Thursday.
Cook, 28, has spent most of his time as a set up man out of the bullpen and was even an All Star in 2012. Injuries, among other things, have derailed his career a bit and after a tough time of it last year in Oakland, he was eventually cut before also being released by the Red Sox and Cubs later on.
The former All Star was one of Oakland’s best relief pitchers and from 2012 to 2014 pitched 191 innings with a 2.60 ERA while striking out 197 batters. Last season however, Cook pitched just 8.2 innings while giving up 19 runs.
Cook is coming off of a bad season in 2015, but this signing from the Mariners is a low risk move and adds another solid arm to their bullpen that has been reworked a bit with new GM Jerry Dipoto. He signed a Minor League contract, but if he makes the team, he will be due $1.1 million.
“We’re looking forward to seeing Ryan in a Mariners uniform,” Dipoto said in a statement. “He remains just 28 years old and is just one season removed from being one of the more effective setup relievers in the American League. His presence enhances both our bullpen depth and overall upside.”
Cook was added to Seattle’s 40-man roster following the release of reliever Anthony Bass who will be pursuing an opportunity in Japan.
If things do work out and Cook does get back to his 2012-2014 form, the Mariners will have found a solid pitcher to add to their bullpen.