Phil Coke’s deal with Cubs worth at least $2.25 million if he makes the team

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This morning much was made of left-hander Phil Coke bypassing major-league contract offers to sign a minor-league deal with the Cubs, but as we’ve seen numerous times this offseason more and more minor-league deals are being signed with significant Opening Day roster guarantees attached.

In other words, teams are looking to hand out minor-league deals to mediocre veterans like Coke because they want to avoid using up a 40-man roster spot until it’s necessary and want to avoid being locked into guaranteed money if the player looks awful during spring training.

But then, if the player cracks the Opening Day roster, he gets paid just like he would if it were a major-league contract. In this case, Chris Iott of MLive.com reports that Coke’s deal is worth $2.25 million in upfront money if he makes the Opening Day roster and includes another $900,000 in appearance-based incentives.

So yes, it’s a minor-league deal. But it’s a minor-league deal with major-league money attached.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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