Pirates To Sign Brian Burres, Neal Cotts, Tyler Yates

The Pirates agreed to terms on minor league contracts with pitchers Brian Burres, Neal Cotts, and Tyler Yates today, according to a team press release.

Burres, 29 in April, spent the season with the Blue Jays' Triple A affiliate after being claimed off waivers from Baltimore in February.  He posted a 7.0 K/9, 2.5 BB/9, and seemingly-undeserved 4.76 ERA in 107.6 innings.

Cotts, 30 in March, had Tommy John surgery in July and was non-tendered by the Cubs after the season.  Yates, 32, also had Tommy John surgery in July and was outrighted by the Bucs in October.


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14 Comments on "Pirates To Sign Brian Burres, Neal Cotts, Tyler Yates"


5 years 6 months ago

Yes! Neal Cotts won’t be a Cub this year :)

101andCounting
5 years 6 months ago

Couldn’t have said it better myself

Suzysman
5 years 6 months ago

Thats the first thing I thought :)

5 years 6 months ago

Neal Cotts? Looks like the Pirates just clinched their 18th straight losing season.

pensfan
5 years 6 months ago

Yea but how many World Series have the Pirates won since the Cubs won thier last one? (5) World Series for the Bucs.

S8P7W
5 years 6 months ago

Yates should have some value. Cotts could have some value. Burres has no value.

5 years 6 months ago

Burres appears to have some value as a reliever but none as a starter

S8P7W
5 years 6 months ago

Now that I look at his numbers, you’re probably right.

basemonkey
5 years 6 months ago

Burres does have some value, just not to a contending team.

He’s a cheeeap lefty who can start or pitch out of the pen and give a team some flexibility. He’s easily better out of the pen. His main value so far has been to protect a franchise’s top pitching prospects. Giving a team upwards to 100 IP for the league minimum is not insignificant.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Burres? The Orioles didn’t even want him anymore(and that’s coming from a Baltimore fan).

5 years 6 months ago

Wow, almost forgot about this guy. Wasn’t he something of a fixture in the O’s pitching just 2 seasons ago. My how times have changed.

5 years 6 months ago

The Bucs are desperate for help in the pen and this trio looks like it will continue where the last 17 years left off. To many base runners for a bullpen.

Burres: 6.08 ERA, 1.679 WHIP, 4.1 BB/9, 5.7 K/9 in four seasons
Cotts: 4.63 ERA, 1.467 WHIP, 4.6 BB/9, 8.3 K/9 in seven seasons
Yates: 5.12 ERA, 1.565 WHIP, 4.9 BB/9, 8.1 K/9 in five seasons

Would love the Cotts of ’05, but probably settle for the Cotts of ’08 and Yates of ’06 or ’08.

Let’s Go BUCS!!! The future looks a lot brighter than the recent past.

5 years 6 months ago

they are all minor league contracts, no guarantee they will get a contract

formerdraftpick
5 years 6 months ago

I would like to see the Pirates go for Jose Arredondo or Wil Ohman next. Low budget, high performers.