Tigers sign Phil Coke to a 1-year deal for 2014, avoiding arbitration
The Tigers agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Phil Coke, they announced Thursday, avoiding arbitration with the left-handed reliever.
Coke is the first of seven arbitration-eligible players the Tigers will either have to come to terms with, if they're to keep general manager Dave Dombrowski's record intact of avoiding arbitration hearings.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Last year, Coke made $1.85 million. Tim Dierkes of MLBTradeRumors.com projected Coke to make $2.1 million in arbitration.
Coke had a less-than-effective season in 2013, posting an 0-5 record with a 5.40 ERA, and allowing left-handed hitters to hit .299 against him.