Ryan Cook: $1.0 Million – NO DEAL
Ryan Cook is the easiest decision to make for the Mariners. Hoping to get the incredible reliever from 2012-2014, they took a chance on him in 2018. Unfortunately, he was unable to stay healthy and produce. Cook only managed 17.0 innings, in which he had a 5.29 E.R.A.
It was tough to expect much from Cook, as 2018 was his first big league action since 2015, where he struggled immensely in Boston and Oakland. Injuries played a large part, and he just hasn’t been the same since 2014. He only managed 8.2 innings in 2015, with an E.R.A. of 18.69.
The player from 2012-2014 could still be in there if Cook can manage to stay healthy. One all-star appearance, 190.2 innings and a 2.60 E.R.A. with a strikeout rate over 9.0 are all things any team would want. It doesn’t look like he is going to be able to get back to that level.
Although Cook is only projected at $1.0 million, his roster spot is better served being filled by someone else. This isn’t to say he doesn’t deserve another chance somewhere else, and it is likely one he will get. When it comes to the Seattle Mariners though, Ryan Cook is a NO DEAL.