Cubs release left-hander Phil Coke


Chris Cotillo of SBNation reports that the Cubs have released reliever Phil Coke after designating him for assignment last week.

Coke signed a one-year, $2.25 million deal with the Cubs this offseason and quickly pitched his way out of their bullpen plans by allowing seven runs in 10 innings despite good secondary numbers.

Coke has always been very good against lefties and very bad against righties, yet for some reason his managers usually talk themselves into trusting him in more than just a southpaw specialist role and it goes poorly. Expect him to be back in the majors with another team soon.