Right-hander Ryan Cook, whose time as a late-inning reliever for the A’s was derailed by injuries, has signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners that includes an invitation to spring training.
Cook made the All-Star team as a rookie in 2012 and combined from 2012-2014 he logged 191 innings with a 2.60 ERA and 197 strikeouts. This past season he struggled mightily with forearm problems on the way to allowing 19 runs in 8.2 innings and was let go by the A’s, Red Sox, and Cubs.
Given how much of a mess his 2015 season was Cook is certainly a risk, but the commitment is minimal and the payoff could be a 29-year-old high-end reliever who’d be under team control beyond 2016.
NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.
Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.
The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.
To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.