After a quiet trade deadline, the Boston Red Sox made a last minute trade acquiring relief pitcher Ryan Cook from the Oakland Athletics for a player to be named later.
A lot of people were expecting Boston to be busy this trade deadline, but it looks like the team stayed put with almost everyone on the roster. The only other deal they made was when they shipped outfielder Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Angels.
This season for Oakland, Ryan Cook has made only four appearances recording a 10.38 ERA with a WHIP of 2.31. In 4.1 innings, Cook has allowed five runs on seven hits, while striking out only three batters. Cook has had a really bad season with the Athletics, but he has spent most of the season with Triple-A Nashville. In 33.1 innings, Cook has a record of 4-1 with an ERA of 4.05. He has trouble with Command by walking 14 batters to go along with 26 strikeouts.
Even though Cook has been bad for Oakland, for the past few years there is still an upside to him. In 2012, Cook was an All-Star as he posted a 6-2 record with a 2.09 ERA and 14 saves. In 73.1 innings, he struck out 80 batters and walked only 27 batters in 71 games.
Boston is getting a low-risk, high-reward type of player. The Red Sox are giving up an unknown prospect for a reliever who has a good track record in the past. Cook, 28, becomes arbitration eligible in 2016 and Boston could control him through the 2018 season before he eligible for free agency.
Oakland gets rid of a player who was not performing well with the team, in Cook. The team should be glad that someone would take him on, since his trade value is really low at this point. After having this poor of a season and no chance to pitch this season, Oakland will receive a controllable and cheap prospect they can mold in their system.