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Neal Cotts | Relief Pitcher

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 3/25/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Illinois State
Contract: view contract details

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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. Sep 23 - 11:20 PM

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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.
Sep 13 - 3:56 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.
Aug 21 - 1:22 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.
Aug 20 - 10:53 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
Aug 18 - 5:38 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.
Aug 9 - 12:24 AM'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.
Aug 4 - 8:57 PM

The Orioles and Rangers are discussing a trade that would send Neal Cotts to Baltimore, according to'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.
Jul 30 - 6:17 PM'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."
Jul 29 - 8:15 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.
Apr 26 - 8:51 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.
Apr 22 - 1:10 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.
Jan 15 - 7:17 PM

Rangers purchased the contract of LHP Neal Cotts from Triple-A Round Rock.

Cotts hasn't appeared in the majors since 2009 but has earned a call-up with some brilliant work at Triple-A, where he's posted a 0.78 ERA and absurd 42/5 K/BB ratio over 23 innings. He'll be used in middle relief.
Tue, May 21, 2013 06:47:00 PM

Rangers re-signed LHP Neal Cotts to a minor league contract.

Cotts returned in 2012 after being sidelined for 2 1/2 years because of injury, posting a 4.55 ERA with 41 strikeouts over 31 2/3 innings for Triple-A Round Rock. The 32-year-old hasn't appeared in the majors since May of 2009.
Wed, Oct 17, 2012 08:38:00 PM

Rangers reassigned LHP Neal Cotts to minor league camp.

Cotts was in the mix for a bullpen job this spring, but he suffered a Grade 2 strain of his left lat muscle over the weekend and is expected to be sidelined for the next four weeks. The Rangers also reassigned infielder Luis Hernandez to minor league camp.
Wed, Apr 4, 2012 04:22:00 PM

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