Cubs sign reliever Phil Coke to minor league deal

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Hannah Foslien/Getty Images North America

Relief pitcher Phil Coke held out for a major league deal this winter but with no offers coming has accepted a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs.

The former Detroit Tigers relief pitcher drew interest from multiple teams but none of them were willing to guarantee him a big league salary for the 2015 season after he posted a 3.88 ERA and a 41/20 K/BB ratio in 58 innings last season with the Tigers.

A left hander, Coke has proven to be especially effective against left handers. He should be able to lock down a role with the Cubs in Spring Training.

The 32-year-old Coke has appeared in 383 games dating back to the 2008 season owning a 4.18 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP during that span.

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