Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Blue Jays have agreed to a minor league deal with reliever Phil Coke. Coke was released by the Cubs on Wednesday after being designated for assignment on May 19. Coke will report to Triple-A Buffalo.
Coke, 32, allowed seven runs on 14 hits and three walks with nine strikeouts in 10 innings with the Cubs. He has a career 4.04 ERA as a reliever. As Brett Cecil has been serving as the Blue Jays’ closer, the team effectively only has one lefty in the bullpen in Aaron Loup.
The Rangers have signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year contract, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The deal is pending a physical.
Mathis turns 36 years old at the end of March and has a career .564 OPS across 14 seasons, but he is well-regarded for his defense and ability to handle a pitching staff.
The arrival of Mathis could mean the Rangers are moving on from Robinson Chirinos behind the plate, as he is now a free agent. The Rangers could go after another catcher to complement Mathis or just have Isiah Kiner-Falefa back up Mathis. Though Kiner-Falefa mostly played elsewhere, including three spots across the infield, he did rack up over 300 defensive innings behind the plate in 2018.