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"


Guest
5 years 6 months ago

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

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101andCounting
5 years 6 months ago

Couldn’t have said it better myself

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Suzysman
5 years 6 months ago

Thats the first thing I thought :)

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

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

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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.

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S8P7W
5 years 6 months ago

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

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5 years 6 months ago

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

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S8P7W
5 years 6 months ago

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

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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.

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Guest
5 years 6 months ago

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