Mariners Sign RHP Ryan Cook to Major League Deal
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Ryan Cook to a one-year Major League contract.
“We’re looking forward to seeing Ryan in a Mariners uniform,” said Dipoto. “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, 28, posted a 2.77 ERA (61 ER, 198.1 IP) in 208 relief appearances during his first four Major League seasons (2011-14) before combining to post an 18.69 ERA (18 ER, 8.2 IP) in 9 relief appearances for Oakland and Boston last season. In Triple-A last season with Nashville and Pawtucket, he combined to go 4-1 with a 3.16 ERA (15 ER, 42.2 IP) with 36 strikeouts in 37 relief appearances.
His 2.60 ERA (55 ER, 190.2 IP) with 197 strikeouts in 196 appearances from 2011-14, was the 8th-best by an American League reliever (min. 190 G). During that three-year stretch, he limited opponents to a .198 batting average, which was 5th-best amongst American League relievers.
Cook was an American League All-Star in 2012 when he was 6-2 with a 2.09 ERA (17 ER, 73.1 IP) in 71 relief appearances. He was originally drafted by Arizona in the 27th round of the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA).