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The Tigers could non-tender Phil Coke

Oct 26, 2013, 11:11 AM EDT

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Phil Coke began the season as the Tigers’ closer, but Chris Iott of speculates that he could be non-tendered this offseason.

Coke is coming off a miserable season in which he posted a 5.40 ERA and 30/21 K/BB ratio over 38 1/3 innings. Miscast for the closer role, the 31-year-old southpaw struggled with early save chances before hitting the disabled list with a groin injury and continued poor command lead to a demotion to Triple-A Toledo in August. He rejoined the big club a couple of weeks later, but then dealt with some elbow issues and didn’t make it back until the ALCS.

Coke earned $1.85 million in 2013 and will be arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter. The Tigers might prefer to cut him loose rather than give him another raise, but he could be a useful piece somewhere if used properly and his health cooperates.

  1. dondada10 - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Still, that Curtis Granderson trade really worked out well.

  2. drpompanoduke - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    He is going with Leyland.

  3. lorddarkhelmet - Oct 26, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    He has been pretty terrible lately but you have to wonder if he could improve without Leyland there setting him up to fail.

  4. elwaysmilehighdenver - Oct 26, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Please release the Cola closer Detroit.
    No fizz from him out of the bullpen.

    • pappageorgio - Oct 26, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      Yeah…..the decision the not pitch him as a lefty specialist vs Ortiz and go with Benoit instead really killed us.

  5. Minoring In Baseball - Oct 26, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Coke is a good team player with a great attitude. Hopefully he can fix any problems in the off-season, and contend for a bullpen spot next spring. If healthy and used properly, he could be effective.

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