Pirates acquire veteran lefty Phil Coke

Posted on Sep 22 2016 - 12:59pm by Joey Cinello
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Phil Coke pitching for the Scranton Wilkes-Bairre RailRiders during Game 2 of the Governors' Cup Championship Series. Photo Credit: Bill Tarutis/Times Leader

Phil Coke pitching for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders during Game 2 of the Governors’ Cup Championship Series. Photo Credit: Bill Tarutis/Times Leader

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired veteran left-hander Phil Coke for cash considerations, according Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pirates beat writer Stephen J. Nesbitt.

Coke, once a can’t-miss prospect in the New York Yankees farm system in the mid-2000s, spent all but six innings with the team’s Triple-A affiliate in 2016. While stationed with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the 34-year-old made 11 starts in 20 appearances and came out of the bullpen as the RailRiders closer during their championship game.

View his season stats here 

Until returning to the Yankees in April of this year, Coke had bounced around from team to team — Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, Toronto Blue Jays, Oakland Athletics, Atlanta Braves and even the Lancaster Barnstormers, an independent baseball organization.

In 2012, Coke served as the Tigers closer, leading the team to a World Series appearance.

With relievers Neftali Feliz and A.J. Schugel out indefinitely for Pittsburgh, an acquisition of Coke has to put their respective futures for 2016 in deeper question.

Management has announced that Coke will join the active roster when the team returns home to PNC Park on Friday against the Washington Nationals. There will be a corresponding move made to accommodate him on the 40-man roster, as well.

 

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