The Cubs announced Friday the team claimed RHP Ryan Cook off of waivers from the Boston Red Sox. Cook was traded to Boston last July and was an All-Star with the A’s in 2012.
With the addition of Ryan Cook, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 30 players.
Ryan Cook, 28, is 13-12 with 17 saves, a 3.43 ERA (79 earned runs in 207 innings) and a 1.24 WHIP in 217 Major League relief appearances in all or part of five Major League campaigns with Arizona (2011), Oakland (2012-15) and Boston (2015). He has struck out 210 batters in 207 innings while walking 89 and allowing only 13 home runs. Cook has limited teams to a .217 batting average against and has held right-handed hitters to only a .190 batting average, .262 on-base percentage and .272 slugging percentage.
The 6-foot-2, 217-pound Cook broke into the big leagues with Arizona in 2011 before being traded to Oakland along with Collin Cowgill and Jarrod Parker in December 2011 in the deal that sent Trevor Cahill to Arizona.
In his first full Major League campaign, Cook made the 2012 American League All-Star Team and went 6-2 with 14 saves, a 2.09 ERA (17 earned runs in 73 1/3 innings) and a 0.94 WHIP in 71 outings with the Athletics. He followed up by going 6-4 with two saves, a 2.54 (19 earned runs in 67 1/3 innings) and a 1.29 WHIP in 71 appearances in 2013. Cook was slowed by injuries in 2014 but still posted a 3.42 ERA (19 earned runs in 50 innings) with a 1.08 WHIP in 54 big league outings.
Ryan Cook split most of the 2015 season between Oakland’s Triple-A Nashville and Boston’s Triple-A Pawtucket affiliates, combining to go 4-1 with nine saves and a 3.16 ERA (15 earned runs in 42 2/3 innings) in 37 minor league outings. He made nine relief appearances in the majors between Oakland and Boston, going 0-2 with an 18.69 ERA (18 earned runs in 8 2/3 innings) and 3.12 WHIP.
Boston acquired Cook from Oakland at the deadline for a player to be named later or cash.
Ryan Cook is arbitration eligible in 2016 after making $1.4 million this past season. Cook is under team control for two more years.
A native of Clovis, Calif., Cook was selected by Arizona in the 27th round of the 2008 Draft out of the University of Southern California.