Cubs add Coke to Major League bullpen

Cubs add Coke to Major League bullpen

MESA, Ariz. -- The Cubs on Monday selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Phil Coke, who had signed a Minor League contract with the team. By making the team, Coke will be paid $2.25 million.

In nine relief appearances this spring, Coke, 32, has given up four hits and has not allowed a run. He's spent the last seven seasons with the Yankees (2008-09) and Tigers (2010-14), going 22-27 with 79 holds, eight saves and a 4.16 ERA.

Last season, Coke was 5-2 with a 3.88 ERA in 62 relief appearances for the Tigers.

With the addition of Coke, the Cubs' 40-man roster is now at 40.

Coke was one of three left-handed relievers in camp, joining Drake Britton, who is out of options, and Zac Rosscup.

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.