Cook agreed to a minor league deal with the Mariners on Thursday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. The former All Star was non-tendered by the Cubs this offseason after a difficult 2015 campaign that saw him post a 18.69 ERA and 3.115 WHIP over nine relief appearances with the Athletics and Red Sox. According to Heyman, Cook can earn $1.1 million if he makes the major league roster.
The Cubs declined to tender Cook a contract for 2016, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. Cook was knocked around to the tune of an 18.69 ERA in nine appearances between Oakland and Boston last season, a far cry from the 2.09 mark he posted in 71 games with the A's in 2012. He's now a free agent with the Cubs non-tendering him, but Cook may have to settle for a minor league deal with a free agent invite after the poor campaign.
Cook was claimed off waivers by the Cubs on Friday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. Cook spent the majority of the 2015 season in the minors, but struggled in limited doses in the majors with Oakland and Boston. He'll act as bullpen depth in Chicago and could work his way onto the Opening Day roster with a strong showing in the spring.
The Red Sox will bring up outfielder Allen Craig on Tuesday when their roster expands, reports The Boston Globe. Craig was demoted earlier this season after hitting .135 with one home run and two RBI in 24 games. Along with Craig, the team also called up Ryan Cook, Noe Ramirez and Sandy Leon.
The Red Sox have promoted right-hander Heath Hembree from Triple-A Pawtucket, per the Boston Globe. To make room for Hembree and Monday starting pitcher Matt Barnes they have optioned third baseman Garin Cecchini and reliever Ryan Cook. Hembree pitched briefly for Boston earlier in the year. He rebounded after allowing six runs in 1 1/3 innings in his first appearance to throw five shutout innings. Cook has been a mess with the Athletics and Red Sox in 2015. He has given up 17 hits in 6 1/3 innings and compiled a disturbing 19.89 ERA. Cecchini was just brought up Saturday and was hitless in four at-bats over the weekend.