The Tigers announced Thursday they avoided arbitration with Coke by agreeing to terms on a deal. As a reliever in his third year of arbitration, Coke was in position for an increase of his $1.85 million salary from this past season. With a one-year contract for Phil Coke, avoiding arbitration, they took a chance that their veteran left-handed reliever has a bounce-back season in him for his final year before free agency. The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a non-guaranteed, $1.9 million one-year contract with left-handed pitcher Phil Coke. Coke began the 2013 season sharing closer duties with Joaquin Benoit in a bullpen by committee, the same type of role in which he thrived during the Tigers' 2012 run to the World Series. The Tigers brought him back up in September and put him on the roster in the AL championship series against Boston. He was 0-5 with a 5.40 ERA in 49 games for the Tigers, who sent him to Triple-A Toledo in late August after one of his many poor outings.