The Mariners have announced the signing of right-hander Ryan Cook, as Jon Heyman first reported (Twitter links). It’s a split contract that will pay Cook a $1.1MM base salary in the majors and $300K in the minors, according to Heyman.
Cook, 28, was a promising setup man for the A’s from 2012-13 but saw his control and ERA begin to trend in the wrong direction in 2014. Shoulder troubles crept up and delayed his start to the 2015 season, though, and the entire season would up being a more or less lost year for him. Cook logged just 8 2/3 innings between the A’s and Red Sox, allowing an astounding 18 earned runs (19 total runs) on 20 hits — four of them homers — and seven walks. Cook fared better in the minors, where he recorded a 3.16 ERA with 7.6 K/9 against 3.4 BB/9 in 42 innings of relief. He was traded from Oakland to Boston on July 31 this season, then claimed off waivers by the Cubs in November, though he was ultimately non-tendered.
Cook will come to camp with the Mariners, presumably, and compete for a job in a new-look Seattle bullpen that saw a spot open up today when righty Anthony Bass was released to pursue an opportunity in Japan. If he can rediscover the form he showed with the A’s from 2012-14, Cook will be controllable through the 2018 season as an arbitration-eligible player.