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February 13, 2018 05:12 PM
Phil Coke: Attempting comeback as knuckleballer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coke, who spent the 2017 season in Japan with the Orix Buffaloes, is hopeful to sign with a major-league team as a knuckleballer, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.

Coke's lack of premium velocity -- his fastball has typically sat in the low-to-mid-90s throughout his career -- coupled with increasingly ineffective secondary offerings yielded little success during his most recent years in the big leagues, so the 35-year-old elected to reinvent himself as a knuckleballer in an attempt to keep his career alive. According to Cotillo, Coke has intrigued teams with the spin rates he's shown in bullpen sessions, so it wouldn't be a surprise if he landed a minor-league deal from a club at some point this spring.

December 14, 2016 05:35 PM
Phil Coke: Signs to play in Japan
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 5, 2016 05:10 PM
Pirates' Phil Coke: Designated for assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 23, 2016 04:52 PM
Pirates' Phil Coke: Called up to majors Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 22, 2016 12:10 PM
Pirates' Phil Coke: Traded to Pirates
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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. The 11 starts he made in the minors this year marked the first time he was used as a starter since 2011, so perhaps the Pirates' scouts saw something they thought they could work with in that role. However, in the short term, Coke is expected to join the big league club Friday and work out of the bullpen.

September 22, 2016 11:36 AM
Pirates' Phil Coke: Dealt to Pirates
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

June 7, 2016 02:08 PM
Yankees' Phil Coke: Put on minor league DL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coke was placed on the 7-day DL with an undisclosed injury Monday, reports.

The exact circumstances of the injury remain unclear, but more should become available if it's more than just a minor setback. The lefty struggled in limited big league appearances this season, but has worked to an impressive 0.83 ERA in five appearances (four starts) with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

May 20, 2016 06:20 PM
Yankees' Phil Coke: Outrighted to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coke was outrighted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday, LoHud's Chad Jennings reports.

He was designated for assignment earlier in the week and will predictably head to Triple-A, going unclaimed by other teams. Coke should continue to offer organizational left-handed bullpen depth.

May 17, 2016 06:46 PM
Yankees' Phil Coke: Designated for assignment by Yankees
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coke was designated for assignment Tuesday, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports.

The veteran lefty saw his ERA balloon to 6.00 after a rough outing Monday in Arizona in which he allowed three earned runs over 2.0 innings of work. Now that he's been designated for assignment, Coke will be available on waivers and he could be claimed by a team looking to add bullpen depth.

May 6, 2016 02:44 PM
Yankees' Phil Coke: Added to Yankees' roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Yankees called up Coke from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday.

Coke will take the place of CC Sabathia, who landed on the disabled list with a groin injury. Coke, who tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out eight batters over two appearances with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, will grab a spot in the Yankees' bullpen for now.

April 25, 2016 07:15 PM
Yankees' Phil Coke: Signs with Yankees
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Yankees signed Coke from the Atlantic League on Monday, Mike Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports. The left-handed reliever will report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Coke took the mound 18 times between the Cubs and Blue Jays in 2015, accumulating a 5.68 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 12 strikeouts versus five walks in 12.2 innings. Just one step away from the majors yet again, he'll have to wrench a 40-man roster spot away in order to do so.

March 8, 2016 04:40 PM
Braves' Phil Coke: Signs with Braves
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coke agreed to a minor league deal with the Braves on Tuesday, Chris Iott of reports.

Coke struggled to the tune of a 5.68 ERA in the majors last season and spent about half the year in the minors. The lefty hasn't had much success with any of his four former big league teams and likely won't take on a major role in the Atlanta bullpen.

June 12, 2015 04:22 AM
Blue Jays call up RP Phil Coke from Triple-A
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

The Blue Jays have selected the contract of left-hander Phil Coke from Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday. Since signing a minor-league deal with Toronto on May 31, Coke has made three appearances with Buffalo, tossing four scoreless innings for the Bisons.

Coke is expected to be with the team in Boston for the start of a three-game series with the Red Sox on Friday. The team has not yet announced a corresponding move

June 1, 2015 01:59 PM
Blue Jays sign Phil Coke to minor-league deal
by R.J. White |

The Blue Jays announced on Sunday that pitcher Phil Coke has been signed to a minor-league deal.

An eight-year veteran, Coke posted a 6.30 ERA and 9:3 K:BB ratio in 10 innings with the Cubs before being released. He will report to Triple-A Buffalo after inking a deal with the Blue Jays.

June 1, 2015 01:59 PM
Report: Blue Jays sign RP Phil Coke to minor league deal
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

The Blue Jays have signed left-handed reliever Phil Coke to a minor league contract on Friday, SportsNet reports. Coke was designated for assignment by the Cubs back on May 18.

Coke, who had signed with the Cubs in the offseason, recorded a 6.30 ERA with a 9:3 K:BB ratio in 10 innings this season. 

June 1, 2015 02:04 PM
Report: Six teams interested in pitcher Phil Coke
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

Recently released pitcher Phil Coke has drawn interest from six teams, a source told

Coke was designated for assignment last week by the Cubs. He can become a free agent Thursday.

June 1, 2015 02:12 PM
Cubs designate pitcher Phil Coke for assignment
by Brandon Wise |

The Cubs have designated pitcher Phil Coke for assignment, according to Coke has appeared in 16 games this season for Chicago, posting a 6.30 ERA with nine strikeouts and three walks in 10 innings of work. The move is expected to clear a roster spot for Tsuyoshi Wada, who is expected to start Wednesday's game, moving Travis Wood to the bullpen.

June 1, 2015 03:11 PM
Phil Coke: My reworked mechanics helped me earn a roster spot
by Igor Mello |

Phil Coke told reporters his reworked mechanics helped him earn a roster spot as a reliever with the Cubs, according to

"They took their time, they made the decisions they wanted to make, and I'm still here, and I'm happy about it," Coke said. "There was a moment of wondering. I don't know what's going on upstairs, that's not my concern."

Coke went 5-2 with a 3.88 ERA and one save in 62 relief appearances for Detroit in 2014. He signed a minor-league deal on March 5, and has yet to surrender a run in 7 2/3 innings of work this spring.

June 1, 2015 03:12 PM
Cubs P Phil Coke was told he's made 40-man roster
by Jason Butt |

The Cubs told reliever Phil Coke that he has made this year's 40-man roster, the organization announced

Coke signed a minor-league deal on March 5. The left-hander has appeared in 7.1 innings this spring and has yet to give up a run. He's allowed five hits. 

With the Tigers last season, Coke posted a 3.88 ERA in 58 innings pitched. 

June 1, 2015 03:49 PM
Phil Coke signs minor-league deal with Cubs
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

The Cubs have agreed to a minor-league deal with free agent reliever Phil Coke, according to Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. He has received an invite to major-league camp.

Coke turned down at least one major-league offer for a chance to compete for a spot in the Cubs' bullpen, one source told FOX Sports.

“They just all made me feel very welcomed and I feel like I have a great opportunity to help this team get to next level," Coke said, per FOX Sports. “I am looking forward to challenge of competing for a spot and helping this team bring a championship to north side of Chicago.”

The 32-year-old Coke went 5-2 with a 3.88 ERA and one save in 62 relief outings for Detroit in 2014. He has spent his entire seven-year MLB career in the AL, pitching for the Yankees and Tigers.

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