Coke signed a contract with the Orix Buffaloes to pitch in Japan in 2017, the Japan Times reports. Coke had a 3.60 ERA in the majors last season with the Yankees and Pirates. He'll turn 35 next season, so he may not return to MLB.
Coke was designated for assignment Wednesday. The Pirates traded for Coke just two weeks ago, but he has already fallen out of favor, as they acquired Brady Dragmire from the Blue Jays to take his spot on the 40-man roster. Coke had success working as a reliever and a starter at Triple-A this year, but his 10 innings in the big leagues were unimpressive.
Coke's contract was selected from Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday. Only a day after acquiring him from the Yankees, Coke will head to the majors to join the Pirates bullpen. Cole wasn't impressive in three appearances with New York this season, but his 2.96 ERA and 0.4 HR/9 he posted with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre show that there a little something left in the tank. That being said, the lefty will likely serve a low-leverage middle relief role going forward.
Coke was traded to the Pirates on Thursday in exchange for cash considerations. Coke has appeared in three games for the Yankees on the year but has spent the bulk of the season at Triple-A, where he holds a 3.04 ERA and 1.29 ERA across 74 innings. The plan is for Coke to join the Pirates in Milwaukee on Friday, at which point the team will make a corresponding move to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
Coke was traded to the Pirates on Thursday for cash. The journeyman southpaw logged six innings out of the Yankees' bullpen this year but spent the majority of the season pitching as both a starter and reliever for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He posted a 2.96 ERA and 61:21 K:BB in 70 innings at Triple-A. He made 11 starts in the minors this year, marking the first time he was used as a starter since 2011, so perhaps the Pirates' scouts saw something they thought they could work with.
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