By Jason Shetler
The Pirates have announced that they have acquired Phil Coke from the New York Yankees for cash considerations.
Coke first came up with the Yankees in 2008. A few days before the trade deadline that year, the Pirates and Yankees were about to make the Xavier Nady/Damaso Marte trade. The original deal had Coke involved along with Jose Tabata, Ross Ohlendorf and George Kontos, but the Pirates decided to obtain Jeff Karstens and Daniel McCutchen over Coke and Kontos instead.
During Spring Training this year, Coke signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves, but was released just a couple weeks later. The 34-year-old lefty went the Independent ball route in April, signing on with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League. Two weeks later, Coke was purchased by the Yankees. He spent most of 2016 pitching for AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he posted a 2.96 ERA with a WHIP of 1.27 in 20 games, 11 of which were starts. He also made three appearances with the Yankees. The Pirates will have to make a corresponding move for Coke to be added to the 40-man roster. My guess is Zach Phillips getting designated for assignment.