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Phil Coke throws for Rangers, Blue Jays as market picks up steam

The southpaw is throwing for two clubs in San Diego this afternoon.

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UPDATE: Coke threw for the Rangers and Blue Jays, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press.

ORIGINAL: Free-agent lefty Phil Coke is throwing for an unidentified AL East team and an unidentified AL West team this afternoon in San Diego, according to major-league sources. Interest in Coke has begun to pick up since Neal Cotts signed with the Brewers, and the veteran lefty is expected to sign before the beginning of spring training.

Coke, 32, has been throwing off the mound for the past month in California, and is pleased with his progress to this point, according to a source. As Ken Rosenthal of reported last month, Coke has lost fifteen pounds this offseason and is drawing interest from a number of teams.

Though Coke posted a 3.88 ERA for the Tigers last season, he was 5-1 with a 2.67 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 41 innings after June 1. He is expected to command a major-league contract similar to the one that Craig Breslow received with the Red Sox in late December.

In seven major-league seasons with the Yankees (2008-2009) and Tigers (2010-2014), Coke is the owner of a lifetime 22-27 record and 4.16 ERA in 383 games (16 starts). He has been a consistent member of Detroit's bullpen since being acquired in a three-team deal that sent Curtis Granderson to New York and Max Scherzer to Arizona in 2009.