The Chicago Cubs have signed left-handed relief pitcher Phil Coke to a minor-league deal with an invitation to big league spring training, sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. According to Chris Iott of MLive.com, the Cubs will pay Coke $2,250,000 with the possibility of making $900,000 in incentives if he makes the major-league team.
In 58 appearances during the 2014 campaign with the Detroit Tigers, Coke posted a 3.88 ERA, along with a 3.98 FIP and a 3.79 xFIP. Against left-handed hitters, he had a 22.8% strikeout rate and a 7.0% walk rate, while posting a 3.06 FIP and a 3.10 xFIP.
According to Rosenthal, the 32-year-old southpaw turned down at least one major-league offer, in order to sign with Chicago. He wants to be able to compete and try to win a World Series title, hence him signing with the young and talented Cubs.
Over his five-year major-league career, Coke has pitched for the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers. In 398 and 1/3 innings pitched, he has a 22-26 career record, along with a 4.16 ERA, 1.423 WHIP and a 2.0 career bWAR, in 383 appearances out of the bullpen.