Thursday March 5th, 2015

Relief pitcher Phil Coke has signed a minor-league contract with the Chicago Cubs, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Coke, who is expected to join the Cubs in major-league camp on Thursday, turned down at least one major-league contract offer, Rosenthal reported.

"They just all made me feel very welcomed and I feel like I have a great opportunity to help this team get to next level," Coke said, according to Rosenthal. "I am looking forward to challenge of competing for a spot and helping this team bring a championship to north side of Chicago."

Coke, 32, was drafted in 2002 by the Yankees but spent the past five seasons with Detroit after the Tigers acquired him in the three-team trade that sent Curtis Granderson to New York.

In 62 games last season, Coke recorded a 3.88 ERA with 41 strikeouts and 20 walks. 

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