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Neal Cotts | Relief Pitcher

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (35) / 3/25/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 197
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Illinois State
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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. Jan 30 - 11:01 AM

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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.
Jan 29 - 7:27 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.
Jan 29 - 7:10 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

Neal Cotts suffered his sixth loss of the season on Friday, surrendering three runs on four hits in his inning of work.

Cotts entered in the eighth inning with a two-run advantage, and proceeded to allow a two-run homer to Robbie Grossman and a go-ahead double to Gregorio Petit. He has been forced to work as the primary setup man in front of Neftali Feliz, but with a 3.73 ERA and 1.36 WHIP he has been exposed a bit in high-pressure situations.
Sat, Aug 9, 2014 12:24:00 AM

MLB.com's Bill Ladson reports that the Nationals have expressed interest in Neal Cotts.

There are other teams interested in Cotts, as well, but Ladson says the Rangers don't like what clubs have offered for the left-hander at this point. Since it's past the July 31 trade deadline, Cotts will have to clear waivers in order to be dealt. He holds a 3.38 ERA and 52/18 K/BB ratio over 48 innings this season.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Mon, Aug 4, 2014 08:57:00 PM

The Orioles and Rangers are discussing a trade that would send Neal Cotts to Baltimore, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan.

The Orioles are in the market for a left-handed reliever with Zach Britton having settled in as the team's closer. Sullivan reported Tuesday that the Rangers were also considering an extension for the 34-year-old. Cotts has a 3.52 ERA and 50/18 K/BB ratio over 46 innings this season and could help a contending ballclub's bullpen down the stretch.
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 06:17:00 PM

MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports that the Rangers are considering signing Neal Cotts to a contract extension.

They're fielding trade offers for Cotts, but Sullivan says extending the left-hander "could be preferable to the Rangers." Cotts has been fantastic since the beginning of last season, posting a 2.03 ERA and 115/36 K/BB ratio over 102 relief innings. "That wouldn't be bad," Cotts said of a potential extension. "Not at all, with the people we have coming back. We have had quite a few injuries and we have underplayed somewhat, but I think it will be a different situation next year. We're going to have a good ballclub."
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 08:15:00 PM

Neil Cotts returned to action for the first time since getting hit by a line drive on Monday and didn't fare well, surrendering four runs on four hits without recording an out in Friday's loss to the Mariners.

The 34-year-old southpaw watched his ERA rise from 3.38 to 7.88 with the brutal outing. He remains a valuable cog in the Rangers bullpen despite his early season struggles.
Sat, Apr 26, 2014 08:51:00 AM

Neal Cotts left Monday's game in the eighth inning after being hit in the backside by a liner.

He seemed to be OK, but the Rangers did decide to make the switch to Alexi Ogando. Consider Cotts day-to-day.
Tue, Apr 22, 2014 01:10:00 AM

Rangers and LHP Neal Cotts avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.2 million contract.

Cotts really found a role in the Rangers' bullpen last season, posting a 1.11 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 65/18 K/BB ratio over 57 innings of relief. Before that, the 33-year-old hadn't pitched in a major league game since 2009. He'll resume a middle relief role with the club next season.
Wed, Jan 15, 2014 07:17:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Lucroy
2Martin Maldonado
3Juan Centeno
1B1Adam Lind
2Jason Rogers
2B1Hector Gomez
2Elian Herrera
SS1Jean Segura
2Luis Sardinas
3B1Aramis Ramirez
LF1Khris Davis
2Gerardo Parra
CF1Carlos Gomez
RF1Ryan Braun
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Kyle Lohse
2Matt Garza
3Wily Peralta
4Mike Fiers
5Jimmy Nelson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Jonathan Broxton
3Will Smith
4Jeremy Jeffress
5Neal Cotts
6Michael Blazek
7Brandon Kintzler
8Corey Knebel