MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports that the Rangers are “still in discussions with” free agent left-hander Phil Coke, who worked out for the club earlier this month.
Coke reportedly has a range of minor league offers but is holding out for a major league deal that will pay him around $2 million. The 32-year-old reliever posted a rough 4.25 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, and 6.8 K/9 in his four seasons with the Tigers, but he’s pretty good when used strictly against left-handed hitters.
For his career, Coke has held lefty batters to a .243/.297/.352 slash line.
The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?
Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.