Blue Jays call up reliever Phil Coke from Triple-A


Left-hander Phil Coke, who signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays last week after being released by the Cubs, has been called up from Triple-A to join Toronto’s bullpen.

Coke tossed four shutout innings in three appearances at Triple-A to convince the Blue Jays to call him up, but he had a 6.30 ERA in 16 appearances for the Cubs before getting released and at age 32 has a lengthy history of struggling whenever he’s used as more than a situational left-hander.

For his career Coke has held left-handed hitters to a .245 batting average and .650 OPS, compared to a .305 batting average and .825 OPS versus righties.

Marlins designate Derek Dietrich for assignment

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The Marlins designated utilityman Derek Dietrich for assignment, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. This comes amid a flurry of moves on Tuesday night as teams prepare their rosters ahead of the Rule 5 draft next month.

Dietrich, 29, is coming off another strong season in which he hit .265/.330/.421 with 16 home runs, 45 RBI, and 72 runs scored in 551 plate appearances. He played all over the diamond, spending most of his time in left field and at first base. Dietrich also played some second base, third base, and right field.

Dietrich is entering his third of four years of arbitration eligibility. He earned $2.9 million this past season and MLB Trade Rumors projects him to earn $4.8 million in 2019. Cutting Dietrich represents a bit more than 4 million in savings for the rebuilding and perennially small-market Marlins. Dietrich should draw some interest, so the Marlins could end up trading him rather soon.

Wonder how J.T. Realmuto, now the longest-tenured Marlin, is feeling right about now.