By Jason Shetler
According to Pirates Prospects’ John Dreker, Phil Coke has cleared waivers and is now officially a free agent.
2016 was certainly an interesting year for Coke. The veteran left-hander signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves, but was released in Spring Training. He then joined Independent ball where he pitched in one game for the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League. In late April, Coke had his contract purchased by the New York Yankees, the team that he made his big league debut with in 2008. He spent most of his time pitching with their AAA affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Coke was acquired by the Pirates from the Yankees on September 22nd for cash considerations. He was one of three lefty relievers obtained by Pittsburgh in September, the others being Wade LeBlanc from the Seattle Mariners and Zach Phillips from the Baltimore Orioles. The Pirates designated Coke for assignment to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for Brady Dragmire, who was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays last week.