The Blue Jays have signed left-handed reliever Phil Coke to a minor league deal, tweets Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. The southpaw was released by the Cubs last week after allowing a 6.30 ERA in 10 innings (16 appearances). Coke featured solid peripherals including 8.10 K/9, 2.70 BB/9, and 63.6% GB%.
It’s easy to see that a .406 BABIP led to the poor ERA. While that figure hints at a spell of bad luck, Coke has often battled BABIP demons. He has a career .320 BABIP with much higher figures in recent seasons. He also has very large platoon splits which limits him to a purely situational role.
Despite obvious issues in the bullpen, Toronto relievers have actually pitched decently. Their 3.88 ERA ranks in the middle of the pack. The club has two left-handed relievers on the roster – closer Brett Cecil and Aaron Loup. Since the Cecil is reserved for the ninth inning, adding a situational lefty like Coke would make sense.