Tigers and Phil Coke avoid arbitration and agree on a one-year deal


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UPDATE: According to Larry Lange of the AP, the Tigers and Coke agreed to a non-guaranteed 1-year deal for $1.9 million dollars plus potential bonuses.

Along with making blocker trades (and signings) Dave Dombrowski did what he seemingly does best Thursday signing lefty reliever Phil Coke to a one-year deal avoiding arbitration.

The dollars and cents of the deal have yet to be released however many speculated including Matt Swartz of MLBTradeRumors.com that via arbitration Coke could have earned in and around $2.1 million dollars heading into 2014. Yet the move is somewhat of an interesting move considering the less than stellar year Phil Coke had this past season that saw him at one time get demoted to Triple-A.

In 2014 Coke had a 5.40 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in 38.1 IP which could have made him a very viable non-tender candidate. However Tigers front office thinking may hinder on the belief that Coke will rebound from those numbers next season and feel much more comfortable giving him a one-year deal as opposed to a going on the open market and courting a free agent with a multi-year deal. This also could be a precursor to moving lefty Drew Smyly into the starting rotation.


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