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Tigers reach deals with Porcello, Coke

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The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a $3.1 million contract with right-hander Rick Porcello and a $1.1 million deal with left-hander Phil Coke, avoiding arbitration with both pitchers.

The team announced the one-year agreements Monday.

Porcello started 31 games last season for the AL Central champions, going 14-9 with a 4.75 ERA in a career-high 182 innings.

The 23-year-old made $1,536,000.

Coke began last year in the starting rotation but moved back to the bullpen around midseason.

He finished 3-9 with a 4.47 ERA in 48 appearances.

In 34 relief outings after going back to the bullpen, he went 2-2 with a 3.71 ERA.

Coke can earn $50,000 in performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 65 and 70 relief appearances, or $25,000 apiece for 15 and 25 starts.

He made $440,000 last year.

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