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Phil Coke | Relief Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (32) / 7/19/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Cubs purchased the contract of LHP Phil Coke from Triple-A Iowa.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier Monday that Coke had made the roster, and now the team has made it official. He'll earn $2.25 million on his one-year contract. The left-hander held a 3.88 ERA and 1.53 WHIP over 58 innings with the Tigers in 2014. Mar 30 - 8:27 PM

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Phil Coke has made the Cubs' Opening Day roster.

Rosenthal adds that Coke actually opted out of his minor league deal last Friday because he hadn't been added to the roster yet, but he's now been informed he's made the team. It comes as no surprise, as Coke was essentially a shoo-in for the bullpen even though he was on a non-guaranteed deal. He's unscored upon in eight appearances this spring.
Mar 30 - 7:48 PM

Phil Coke delivered a strong performance in Cactus League action against the Indians on Friday, allowing just one hit and a walk over two scoreless innings.

Sure, it has mostly been against minor league competition, but Coke is making a strong bid for a spot in the Cubs' Opening Day bullpen with three scoreless innings to begin the spring. He posted a troublesome 3.88 ERA and 1.53 WHIP over 58 innings with the Tigers in 2014.
Mar 13 - 7:23 PM

Cubs signed LHP Phil Coke to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Coke drew interest from the Rangers, Royals, and Blue Jays over the last few weeks and reportedly turned down a guaranteed major league contract to compete for a job in Cubs camp. The 32-year-old left-hander posted a 3.88 ERA and 41/20 K/BB ratio in 58 innings last season with the Tigers. He's still pretty effective when used strictly against left-handed hitters, so it's a decent early-spring grab for Chicago. Coke is due to arrive in Cubs camp Friday.
Mar 5 - 10:08 AM

According to Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith, free agent Phil Coke is expected to sign Friday.

It's not clear where he's headed. Coke has been connected to the Rangers, Royals, and Blue Jays over the past couple of weeks after struggling to drum up a healthy market for much of the offseason. The 32-year-old left-hander registered a decent 3.88 ERA and 41/20 K/BB ratio across 58 innings with the Tigers in 2014.
Mar 5 - 8:32 AM

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

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. MLB.com'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 MLB.com 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 MLB.com 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

MLB.com'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 MLBDailyDish.com 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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
3Welington Castillo
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Arismendy Alcantara
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Starlin Castro
2Jonathan Herrera
3B1Kris Bryant
2Mike Olt
LF1Chris Coghlan
2Chris Denorfia
CF1Dexter Fowler
RF1Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Jason Hammel
4Kyle Hendricks
5Travis Wood
6Tsuyoshi Wada
7Jacob Turner
8Dallas Beeler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Jason Motte
5Justin Grimm
6Phil Coke
7Edwin Jackson
8Brian Schlitter
9Zac Rosscup
10Gonzalez Germen