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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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Blue Jays Have “Legitimate Interest” In Jake Odorizzi

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The Toronto Blue Jays are looking to make a splash in free agency and have their sights set on pitcher Jake Odorizzi, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi.

The Blue Jays have already conducted a sit-down meeting with Odorizzi’s agents.

Odorizzi, 29, is coming off come off arguably the best season of his career with the Minnesota Twins last season.

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Rangers to Target Top Free Agents

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The Texas Rangers are entering the offseason with plans of targeting some of the top tier free agents that will be available.

Rangers’ general manager Jon Daniels made it clear that he was ready to bring the Rangers back as a major player in the free agent market.

“This year, we are going to look at everything,” Daniels said, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant. “Our goal is to get better, period. There are a couple of spots more [available] than others. We have signed [top free agents] before and at some point I have to suspect we will again.”

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Yankees’ Brian Cashman Talks Gerrit Cole, Offseason Plans

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The New York Yankees expect to be busy this offseason, as they usually are, and among the teams trying to lure Gerrit Cole to join their rotation.

Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman discussed Cole, as well as the upcoming offseason for the Bronx Bombers.

According to SNY’s Andy Martino, Cashman says that the Yankees will engage with both Houston Astros hurler Gerrit Cole and World Series Champion Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg.

However, Cashman added that the Yankees already have a significant amount of money on the books, according to Newsday’s Erik Boland.

Cashman added that the Yankees will also explore the trade market, much like they did last season when they acquired James Paxton from the Seattle Seahawks, according to the New York Times’ James Wagner.

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