Detroit Tigers and Phil Coke agree on deal, avoid arbitration

Oct 15, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Phil Coke (40) throws against the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning in game three of the American League Championship Series baseball game at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Well now that the Detroit Tigers have dumped Prince Fielder onto the Texas Rangers and picked up Ian Kinsler, they can focus on the rest of their roster.

With Fielder’s departure, the Tigers can work out some long term deals with several players on this team including Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. But as of right now, they’re taking care of players who can help them avoid arbitration.

First guy up is left handed relief pitcher Phil Coke. Coke was thought to be a trade chip during the regular season but the Tigers didn’t pull the trigger on anything.

Coke is coming off a decent season, but his innings have dropped compared to the last four seasons he’s been in the league. This year he seen 38 1/3 innings of work and was charged with 23 earned runs while striking out 30 batters.

He carries a career high 5.40 ERA into the 2014 season, but was still given a one year deal.  It’ll be interesting to see if he gets dealt next year.

Topics: Detroit Tigers, Phil Coke

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