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Neal Cotts | Relief Pitcher | #55

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (37) / 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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Nationals signed LHP Neal Cotts to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
The veteran left-hander spent all of last season at the Triple-A level with three different organization, posting a 3.83 ERA and 38/14 K/BB ratio across 44 2/3 innings. Cotts will try to win a spot in the Nats' bullpen. Fri, Jan 13, 2017 08:28:00 AM

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Rangers signed LHP Neal Cotts to a minor league contract.

Cotts, who pitched with the Rangers from 2013-2014, was given his release by the Yankees last week after posting a 4.91 ERA and 2/1 K/BB ratio over 7 1/3 innings in Triple-A. The 36-year-old will provide bullpen depth in the minors.
Mon, Jun 20, 2016 04:33:00 PM

Yankees released LHP Neal Cotts.

Cotts signed a minor league deal with the Yankees last month and posted a 4.91 ERA and 2/1 K/BB ratio over 7 1/3 innings. The 36-year-old will look for an opportunity elsewhere.
Mon, Jun 13, 2016 06:25:00 PM

Yankees signed LHP Neal Cotts to a minor league contract.

Cotts exercised the opt-out on his minor league deal with the Angels earlier this week. He'll provide left-handed relief depth on the farm.
Fri, May 20, 2016 03:12:00 PM

Angels released LHP Neal Cotts.

Cotts had exercised the opt-out clause in his minor league contract, forcing a decision from the Angels. They could have either added him to the 25-man roster or released him. They chose the latter. Prior to this whole dance, Cotts held a 3.29 ERA and 13/3 K/BB ratio over 13 2/3 innings at Triple-A Salt Lake. The veteran southpaw owns a career ERA of 3.96 in the majors and should be able to find an opportunity elsewhere.
Wed, May 18, 2016 09:13:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Neal Cotts has exercised the opt-out clause in his minor league contract with the Angels.

The Angels now have to decide whether to add him to the major league roster or let him go seek an opportunity with another organization. Cotts, 36, has compiled a 3.29 ERA with 13 strikeouts and three walks over 13 2/3 innings this season in Triple-A.
Tue, May 17, 2016 02:47:00 PM

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.
Sun, Apr 3, 2016 11:37:00 AM

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.
Fri, Mar 25, 2016 10:13:00 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.
Fri, Feb 26, 2016 09:44:00 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.
Thu, Feb 11, 2016 11:07:00 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

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