The Detroit Tigers locked up a pair of pitchers for next season on Monday during the arbitration process. The Tigers agreed to a deal with Phil Coke, who finished last year as a postseason contributor following a rough regular season, after signing Rick Porcello earlier in the day.
The deal between Coke, a 29-year-old lefty, and the Tigers was described in depth on the Tigers website.
Coke was eligible for arbitration for the first time after three full seasons, the last two of them in Detroit following his trade from the Yankees. He split last year between the Tigers' rotation and bullpen, with a 1-8 record and 4.82 ERA as a starter before reprising his role as a left-handed reliever and occasional setup man. He played a big role in the Tigers' postseason run.
Coke will earn $1.1 million, with another $50,000 possible in incentives -- $25,000 each for 65 and 70 appearances, or $25,000 each for 15 and 25 starts.
Coke has compiled a 10-14 record with the Tigers in two seasons after beginning his major league career with the New York Yankees. He made $440,000 last season, according to Baseball References's records, so his salary will be doubled this season.
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