Coke, Cubs finalize Minor League deal

Veteran left-hander competing this spring for a spot in bullpen

Coke, Cubs finalize Minor League deal

MESA, Ariz. -- Phil Coke officially joined the Cubs on Sunday, signing a Minor League contract with the team.

Coke, who threw a bullpen on Saturday, reportedly will earn $2.25 million if he makes the Major League team, and he can earn up to $900,000 more in incentives. The team has yet to announce when Coke will get into a game.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon talked to the lefty on Saturday.

"He's loquacious -- I was able to establish that quickly," Maddon said of Coke. "He's animated, he's wide open. I love all of that."

The Cubs have solid right-handed options for the bullpen and are trying to determine which lefty to pick. The southpaws in camp include Zac Rosscup, Joseph Ortiz, Drake Britton, Hunter Cervenka, and Francisley Bueno.

Coke, 32, spent the past five seasons with the Tigers, and is 22-27 in his career with a 4.16 ERA and eight saves.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.