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Former A’s Bullpen Ace Ryan Cook Gets Spring Training Invite From Mariners

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The Seattle Mariners invited 21 players to Spring Training on Tuesday, as eight of those players also signed Minor League contracts.

One of the players who received an invite without signing a deal was former Oakland Athletics closer/set-up man Ryan Cook.

Cook, 30, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2015, when he posted an 18.69 ERA (18 ER, 8 2/3 IP) in nine games for the Athletics and Boston Red Sox. His final five appearances that year came with Boston, allowing 13 earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Injuries as well as Tommy John surgery have kept Cook sidelined the past two full years. It’s worth pointing out Cook began to experience physical problems in 2014, spending two stints on the disabled list that year.

Cook has been with the Mariners organization for a little over two years now. He initially signed with Seattle as a free agent in January 2016, and again in November of the same year- that deal was of the Minor League variety.

After posting a 7.04 ERA in 11 games as a rookie for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011, Cook found dominance the next two years for Oakland. In 2012-13, he appeared in 71 games each season, posting a 2.30 ERA with 44 holds and 16 saves (14 in 2012). Cook wasn’t as dominant in 2014, but solid nonetheless, recording a 3.42 ERA in 54 games spanning 50 innings.

Cook has been an All-Star once- 2012- which was his best overall season. He went 6-2 that year with a 2.09 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and .166 BAA, in addition to his 14 saves and 21 holds.

This is a great opportunity for Cook to regain the success he had early in his career. He’s returning to the American League West, and is still pretty young. Obviously he’ll need to impress in Spring Training to have a chance at makng Seattle’s opening day roster; but given his track record, don’t rule it out.

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Mariners to Sign Cory Gearrin

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The Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms on a one-year, Major League contract with right-handed reliever Cory Gearrin, according to the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish.

The Mariners will now have to clear a spot on their 40-man roster, thanks to the addition of Gearrin and Tim Beckham.

Gearrin, 32, was well traveled last season, spending time with the Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants, and the Oakland Athletics, posting a combined 3.77 on the season.

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Mariners to Sign Tim Beckham

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The Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with infielder Tim Beckham, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

Beckham was non-tendered by the Baltimore Orioles earlier this winter, posted a slash line of .230/.287/.374 during the 2018 season.

It’s likely that Beckham will become a key utility contributor for Seattle moving forward.

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Rangers Sign Shelby Miller

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a one-year, major league deal with right hander Shelby Miller, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Miller, who has already passed his physical, missed most of the 2018 season due to numerous elbow issues, and underwent Tommy John surgery back in 2017, so there is risk involved with his signing.

Prior to the injuries, Miller was considered one of the major’s most promising young pitchers.

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