It’s been reported by Chris Cotillo of SBNation that the Chicago Cubs have released left-handed reliever Phil Coke after designating him for assignment last week. Previously of the Detroit Tiger and New York Yankees, Coke was signed in the preseason in hopes that he could bolster a bullpen in need of lefty support and experience.
Coke, 32, appeared in 16 games for the Cubs this season, logging just 10 innings. He has a 6.30 ERA to go along with nine strike outs and three walks. His WHIP this season is a career worst 1.700.
As we near the end of Major League Baseball’s second month, eyes look toward to the July 31st trade deadline. Although still two month away, it’s in the back of everyone’s mind. This is big for a Cubs organization heading towards the deadline as a major buyer rather than as a seller because if it’s stockpile of young, prototypical position players.
Zobrist, 34, is in the last year of his contract and will be a free agent at the end of this season. His salary for 2015 is $7.5 million. Billy Beane, the Oakland A’s general manager, doesn’t like holding onto players as they head into free agency. He’s apt to listen to offers for his All-Star utility player. The Cubs, having some good young talent to possibly tempt Billy Beane into a deal considering their current list of utility players haven’t quite worked out.
In Minor League news C.J. Edwards has been promoted to Triple-A Iowa. He started this season in Double-A Tennessee, but had done quite well for himself after an injury riddled 2014 campaign.
Edwards, 23, is 2-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 13 games this season. He’s tossed 23 2/3 innings and has tallied 36 strikeouts and 17 walks in that span. Edwards has also only given up one home run and 11 hits during his nearly two dozen innings pitched. He’s been talked about in “starter role” discussions, but for now he still looks to be getting primed for a reliever role. Most of what’s keeping him away from serious starter discussions is the fact that he’s yet to develop a solid backup pitch and decent third option. He does have three pitches (a 4-seam fastball, curve ball and change-up) but only his fastball is dependable. His curve is mediocre at best and the change-up lacks respectable accuracy more than half the time. As he’s promoted to Triple-A, his accuracy may be coming along, but time will tell if he’ll be Major League ready anytime soon.