Phil Coke may be close to finding a new home.
The left-hander’s agent told Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press that his client threw recently in front of decision-makers from the Rangers and Blue Jays. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish says the workouts took place on Tuesday afternoon.
Coke posted an ugly 4.25 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, and 6.8 K/9 in his four seasons with the Tigers, but the 32-year-old southpaw has held left-handed hitters to a .243/.297/.352 batting line for his career. When used properly — as a lefty specialist and nothing more — Coke can be a decent weapon.
Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.
The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”
Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.
Now, however, Kopech has opted out.