Cook will help to solidify the A’s bullpen in the coming weeks. He has closing experience, but more importantly he is a 3rd legitimate option for Bob Melvin in the setup role.
Craig Gentry shouldn’t be too far behind Ryan Cook in joining the team. He has been playing in games in Stockton with the Ports. The A’s just want him to be ready to play a full game, so Gentry has been getting stretched out, and over the weekend played a whole 9 inning game. He is set to join the team on the current 9-game road trip, and could even do so before the A’s leave Minnesota on Thursday.
The addition of Gentry should be a huge key to the A’s success this season. Oakland relies a lot on the long-ball, and the dingers usually come in droves once the weather heats up. Having Gentry’s speed and defense will help the A’s offense push a few extra runs across the plate while the weather remains cool. There is already a decent amount of speed on the team, with Cespedes, Crisp and Fuld already collecting triples this season, and the addition of Gentry is another speed threat to opposing team. He collected 24 steals and 4 triples in just 287 plate appearances, or about half of the PA of an every day player.
Some fans have expressed worry over the 3-3 start this season. With these two additions, the A’s will be ready to start kicking some and taking names.