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Phil Coke | Relief Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 7/19/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
Contract: view contract details

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Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Rangers' interest in Phil Coke has waned and they don't expect to sign him.
The Rangers recently attended a workout for Coke, but they are now looking in another direction. The Royals and Blue Jays are among the other club who have been connected to the southpaw. Coke, 32, had a 3.88 ERA and 41/20 K/BB ratio over 58 innings with the Tigers last year. Feb 24 - 2:20 PM

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Gerry Fraley of The Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers are still mulling the idea of signing free agent left-hander Phil Coke.

The club recently monitored a workout held by the veteran southpaw and have discussed the idea of bringing him in on a minor league deal. The 32-year-old registered a 3.88 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 41/20 K/BB ratio over 58 innings for the Tigers in 2014.
Feb 20 - 7:32 PM

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals have watched Phil Coke throw.

The Rangers and Blue Jays are also thought to be interested in the free agent left-hander.'s T.R. Sullivan speculated earlier this week that Coke is holding out for a major league contract but has only been offered minor league deals. Teams usually get more desperate for relief depth as spring training rolls on.
Feb 19 - 2:26 PM

T.R. Sullivan of reports that the Rangers are in talks with free agent reliever Phil Coke.

Sullivan speculates that the hang-up could be that Coke wants a major league deal while the Rangers are only willing to give him a minor league contract. The 32-year-old southpaw has been linked to the Marlins in recent weeks and Jason Beck of hears that he has also thrown for the Royals. He's coming off a 3.88 ERA and 41/20 K/BB ratio over 58 innings last season.
Feb 17 - 2:37 PM's Joe Frisaro reports that the Marlins are pursuing Phil Coke on a minor league contract.

The deal would include an invitation to spring training. Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith reported earlier Friday that Coke was looking for a contract around $2 million, but it's looking like he won't get it, at least not guaranteed. The veteran lefty has posted a 4.48 ERA over the past two seasons.
Feb 13 - 3:31 PM

Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that Phil Coke is looking for a contract worth around $2 million.

He might not be able to get it given how other established relievers have had to settle for minor league deals recently. Nicholson-Smith says there are "a few possible fits" for Coke on a major league deal, as well as a "wide-ranging" number of clubs interested in him on a minor league pact.
Feb 13 - 2:24 PM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Phil Coke threw recently for the Rangers and Blue Jays.

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish says the workouts happened Tuesday. Coke had an underwhelming 4.25 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in his four seasons with the Tigers, but the 32-year-old southpaw can be a weapon when he's used strictly against left-handed hitters. Detroit tried to make him more dynamic than he is. Coke should be a in a major league bullpen somewhere in 2015.
Feb 3 - 4:21 PM

According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, free agent Phil Coke is throwing for an unidentified AL East team and an unidentified AL West team on Tuesday.

Coke posted a rough 4.48 ERA over his final 96 1/3 innings out of the Tigers' bullpen, but the 32-year-old left-hander is claiming to be in much-improved shape heading into the 2015 season. When used strictly against left-handed batters, Coke is still a pretty effective reliever. He should land somewhere before the start of spring training.
Feb 3 - 4:06 PM

Chris Cotillo of reports that Phil Coke is "in talks with multiple teams."

Coke, 32, has posted a 4.48 ERA over the past two seasons but that apparently hasn't stopped clubs from being interested. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported last week that the reliever has lost 15 pounds this offseason, so he's at least putting in the conditioning effort as he aims to bounce back in 2015.
Jan 30 - 5:12 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal said on MLB Network's "Hot Stove" that free agent reliever Phil Coke has lost 15 pounds.

But is he in the best shape of his life? Either way, Coke is clearly motivated to get his career back on track after posting a mediocre 4.48 ERA over the past two seasons. He could be a decent buy-low as a left-handed specialist. The Mets were linked to him back in December, but they could simply opt to go with in-house options.
Jan 20 - 10:17 AM

According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Mets have had preliminary contact with free agent Phil Coke.

But Morosi adds that there haven't been "substantive discussions yet." Coke could struggle to find a lucrative market for himself this winter after posting a 4.48 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 96 1/3 innings over the last two seasons with Detroit. Though when used strictly as a lefty specialist, he can be pretty effective.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 04:27:00 PM

Tigers and LHP Phil Coke avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.

The 31-year-old lefty had been considered a non-tender candidate, but the two sides were able to iron out a contract before heading to arbitration. He posted a horrifying 0-5 record, 5.40 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 30/21 K/BB ratio over 38 1/3 innings in 2013, and will work primarily as a situational left-hander.
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 10:13:00 AM

Chris Iott of speculates that the Tigers may not be willing to offer arbitration to Phil Coke.

The 31-year-old southpaw is coming off an extremely disappointing season, in which he posted an 0-5 record, 5.40 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 30/21 K/BB ratio over 38 1/3 innings. He was left off the team's playoff roster for the ALDS, but returned to pitch in the ALCS, allowing one run in one inning of work. Coke earned a base salary of $1.85 million in 2013, and the Tigers may not want to pay over $2 million for a situational left-hander coming off a career worst season.
Sat, Oct 26, 2013 09:16:00 AM

Phil Coke has been added to the Tigers' ALCS roster.

He takes the spot of Luke Putkonen. Coke has dealt with soreness in his flexor tendon since mid-September but recently resumed throwing and is obviously feeling like he can give it a go. He won't be used in high-leverage situations.
Fri, Oct 11, 2013 04:12:00 PM

Phil Coke (elbow) has resumed throwing in the instructional league.

Coke has dealt with soreness in his flexor tendon since mid-September but has felt a bit better of late. It's not clear when he'll potentially be ready for game action, but it's possible he could be an option to be added to the Tigers' bullpen later this postseason should they keep advancing.
Thu, Oct 10, 2013 08:54:00 PM

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