Athletics sign Phil Coke to a minor league contract

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Phil Coke is now with his third organization this season, as Chris Iott of MLive.com reports that the veteran left-hander has signed a minor league contract with the Athletics. He has been assigned to High-A Stockton.

Coke just opted for free agency this week after being designated for assignment by the Blue Jays. The 32-year-old allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings over two appearances during his brief stint with Toronto. He had a 6.30 ERA over 16 appearances with the Cubs earlier this season.

Iott hears that Coke’s minor league deal includes an opt-out on July 10 if he isn’t called up to the majors.

The Buffalo Blue Jays? The team has reportedly asked about playing there

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The Buffalo Blue Jays? Is that a thing? Maybe.

The Toronto Blue Jays are, officially, set to begin their season at Rogers Centre in Toronto on July 29. Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, however, reports that they are looking at alternatives:

Multiple sources confirm to The Buffalo News that the Bisons’ parent club has finally reached out to Rich Baseball Operations in the last couple of days to examine the possibility of Toronto’s home schedule being played in Buffalo this summer.

This report of a potential for the Buffalo Blue Jays to make their debut comes a couple of days after the strict restrictions on movement for Jays players — they are reportedly required to stick to the Rogers Centre and the connecting hotel or face harsh punishment — met with at least some backlash. The restrictions are inevitable, however, given that Canada is requiring a 14-day quarantine for people traveling into the country. Since the Jays will be playing all road games in the United States, there is little choice for them but to be restricted to their hotel and the ballpark after arriving back in the country after playing games in the states.

As Harrington notes, Buffalo is not an ideal option given the less-than-major-league-level lighting and clubhouse space present in the Triple-A park, so it would not be ideal. Like everyone else these days, however, the Buffalo Blue Jays — er, I’m sorry, the Toronto Blue Jays — have little choice but to scramble.