Ryan Cook signs with the Mariners

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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.