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Neal Cotts | Relief Pitcher | #55

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (36) / 3/25/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 197
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Illinois State
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 2 (0) / OAK
Contract: view contract details

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Angels signed LHP Neal Cotts to a minor league contract.
Cotts was cut loose by the Astros last month but is a solid depth addition for the Angels. He held left-handed hitters to a .186/.243/.330 batting line last season. Apr 3 - 11:37 AM

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Astros released LHP Neal Cotts.

Cotts had to settle for a minor league deal this winter despite limiting left-handed batters to a .186/.243/.330 line last season. He's 36, but the southpaw held a 2.45 ERA this spring and should get another shot somewhere.
Mar 25 - 10:13 AM

Astros signed LHP Neal Cotts to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Cotts is a pretty good get on a minor league deal. He'll turn 36 next month, but the southpaw holds a 3.03 ERA with a strikeout per inning over the last three seasons and last year limited left-handed batters to a .186/.243/.330 line. The Astros could use another lefty to pair with Tony Sipp and Cotts has a good chance to be that guy.
Feb 26 - 9:44 AM

The Red Sox are considering free agent LHPs Neal Cotts and Franklin Morales, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.

The Red Sox are looking to replace lefty specialist Craig Breslow. Morales has history with Boston having pitched there from 2011-2013. Cotts is five years older than Morales but he was downright dominant against lefties last year, limiting them to a .186 average in 98 at-bats. Morales comes with the added benefit of starting experience (47 career starts) and could fill in as a spot starter if needed.
Feb 11 - 11:07 AM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins "definitely have interest" in bringing back free agent reliever Neal Cotts.

Cotts was acquired from the Brewers in August and showed enough down the stretch for the Twins to consider bringing him back. The southpaw turns 35 in March and posted a 3.41 ERA and 58/22 K/BB ratio over 63 1/3 innings overall in 2015.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 12:58:00 PM

Twins acquired LHP Neal Cotts from the Brewers for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

An impending free agent at the end of the season, the southpaw will function as a situational left-hander in the Twins bullpen for the remainder of the season. He owns a 3.28 ERA and 48/17 K/BB ratio over 49 1/3 innings on the season.
Fri, Aug 21, 2015 11:17:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Neal Cotts has been claimed on revocable waivers.

The identity of the claiming team isn't known, but it's likely a National League club. Cotts will be a free agent this winter and is having a nice season with a 3.28 ERA and 48/17 K/BB ratio over 49 1/3 innings. There would seem to be a good chance the Brewers work something out with the claiming team.
Fri, Aug 21, 2015 01:20:00 PM

Brewers signed LHP Neal Cotts to a one-year, $3 million contract.

The deal has become official after Cotts passed a physical (which was no cinch given the four surgeries he's had on his right hip). The left-handed reliever boasts a 2.84 ERA while striking out 128 over 123 2/3 innings across the last two seasons. He's not just a southpaw specialist, as Cotts is capable versus righties.
Fri, Jan 30, 2015 11:01:00 AM

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the Brewers have reached an agreement with Neal Cotts.

He'll get a one-year contract, with FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal saying it will be for $3 million. Cotts is coming off back-to-back terrific seasons with the Rangers, putting up a 2.84 ERA while striking out 128 over 123 2/3 innings. He should be able to pick up some of the left-handed relief slack following the departures of Zach Duke and Tom Gorzelanny.
Thu, Jan 29, 2015 07:27:00 PM

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the Brewers "have been talking with" Neal Cotts.

Haudricourt adds that he's "not sure" if a deal between the two sides is close. Cotts has been fantastic the last two years with the Rangers, posting a 2.84 ERA while striking out 128 over 123 2/3 innings. The southpaw reliever will turn 35 in March.
Thu, Jan 29, 2015 07:10:00 PM

Neal Cotts bent but didn't break Tuesday, allowed one run in the ninth inning to earn the save against the Astros.

With Neftali Feliz having worked the previous two nights, the Rangers turned to Cotts to protect a two-run lead. It wasn't pretty -- a walk to Dexter Fowler eventually led to a Matt Dominguez sacrifice fly RBI -- but he got Jonathan Villar to ground out to end the threat and the game. The save was his second on the year, but Cotts is nothing more than a middle reliever with a handful of games remaining.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 11:20:00 PM

Neal Cotts pitched a scoreless ninth inning Saturday against the Braves for his first save of the season.

Cotts struck out one batter in the inning and worked around a one-out single from Christian Bethancourt to lock down the one-run victory. Neftali Feliz had pitched the previous two days, so Rangers interim manager Tim Bogar likely wanted to give him a breather.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 03:56:00 PM

According to ESPN's Jim Bowden, the Rangers will not be trading left-handed reliever Neal Cotts.

Cotts got claimed off revocable waivers earlier this week by an American League Central team, but the move was only made to block contenders from landing him. The 34-year-old southpaw will finish out the season in Texas before hitting the free agent market in November. He owns a 3.48 ERA and 58/20 K/BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings this year.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 01:22:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Neal Cotts has been claimed on revocable waivers by an unnamed team.

There would seem to be a good chance Cotts is traded, as he could be a useful bullpen piece for a contending team. The left-hander boasts a 3.48 ERA and 58/20 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings this season.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 10:53:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers have placed reliever Neal Cotts on revocable waivers.

Heyman also hears that Yu Darvish, Adrian Beltre, Shin-Soo Choo and Elvis Andrus all cleared waivers and are eligible to be traded. It's a bit surprising that Darvish passed through waivers, but it's not like the Rangers are going to move him. On the other hand, Cotts is someone who could be traded, whether he passes through waivers successfully or not. The 34-year-old has posted a 3.54 ERA with 57 strikeouts over 53 1/3 innings this season and could a useful bullpen piece for a contender.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 05:38:00 PM

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