Not one to break many free agent signings, Tom Haudricourt just tweeted the following…
A source has confirmed that #Brewers indeed do have an agreement with LHP Neal Cotts. Don’t have the details.
— Tom (@Haudricourt) January 30, 2015
Neal Cotts is a left-handed reliever, and has pitched parts of nine seasons in the big leagues for both Chicago teams and, most recently, the Texas Rangers. He missed significant time following Tommy John surgery in 2009 and four hip surgeries which started in 2010.
Cotts will be 35 by Opening Day. As recently as 2013, he pitched to a 1.11 ERA in 57.0 IP. He struck out 65 that year. Last year was harder for Cotts. In 66.2 IP, Cotts wound up with a 4.32 ERA in 73 (!) appearances. He struck out 63 but tripled his home runs allowed from two to six.
Cotts reportedly made $2.2 million in 2014. If he signs a major league deal, you’d have to think he would come in right around there, hopefully lighter given his most recent campaign.
Notably, Cotts struggled against left-handed hitters in 2014, allowing a slash of .270/.337/.438, but he’s carried a reverse platoon split overall in his career anyway.
Haudricourt and Ken Rosenthal are now concurring that Cotts has passed his physical with the Brewers and that a deal is done.
Rosenthal checks back in with the money.
Cottsdeal with #Brewers is one year, $3M.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 30, 2015
More than I would have liked to commit given the specifics, but not outlandish given the marketplace.
It us a major league deal which means that the Brewers will have to make a corresponding move to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.