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Cubs Sign Lefthanded Reliever Phil Coke

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The former Detroit Tiger is now a Cub.

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The Cubs will have another lefthanded reliever in camp, per Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, former Detroit Tigers pitcher Phil Coke:

Interesting that he turned down a big-league offer for a non-roster invite to camp. Coke has been an effective lefthander -- at times. At other times he's been a polarizing figure among Tigers fans. He's spent the last five years with the Tigers after a pair of seasons in the Yankees bullpen, posting a 22-26 won-lost record (not that a W/L record really matters anymore, particularly for a lefty reliever), a 4.16 ERA and 1.423 WHIP in 383 appearances covering 398⅓ innings.

Pretty mediocre numbers and overall, he has piled up 2.0 career bWAR in seven seasons.

Can't hurt to have another lefthander in camp, I suppose, but the competition will be pretty tough.