According to the Detroit Tigers’ official Twitter account, the team has come to terms with reliever Phil Coke on a one-year arbitration-avoiding deal.
The #Tigers have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Phil Coke.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) November 21, 2013
We’re still waiting on the final terms, but one would have to imagine that the dollar amount is well south of the $2.1 million projected arbitration salary. Coke earned $1.8 million last year and finished the season with a 5.40 ERA. He had been thought of all offseason as a non-tender candidate given his struggles, so it would be surprising if it turns out this deal is for anything close to $2 million.
Coke appears to be little more than a mediocre LOOGY at this point in his career, so it’s something of a surprise that they were looking to bring him back like this, but we’re probably not talking huge dollars, so the risk is quite small. Still, he has a long way to go to prove that he can be an effective big league reliever again.