Neal Cotts Claimed On Revocable Waivers

Rangers left-hander Neal Cotts has been claimed on revocable waivers by an unnamed club, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (on Twitter). Cotts’ waiver period expired yesterday, according to the initial report which revealed that he was on waivers. Because teams have 48.5 hours to work out a trade from the point of a claim, it can be inferred that the Rangers will have until tomorrow afternoon to work out a trade to send Cotts to the claiming team.

The 34-year-old Cotts has been excellent once again this season, continuing a surprising resurgence after what was a three-year absence from the Major Leagues (from 2010-12). After posting a 1.11 ERA in 57 innings for Texas last season, Cotts has turned in a strong 3.48 mark with 9.6 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 this season. Already at 54 1/3 innings pitched, Cotts is on pace to top last season’s 57 innings handily. He’s set to hit free agency at season’s end, so it makes sense for the Rangers to explore a potential trade to receive some future value before he hits the open market.

A number of contending clubs have been on the lookout for bullpen help of late, including the Dodgers, Tigers, Royals and Pirates (it seems unlikely that Cotts would’ve made it to the NL, however). Cotts is earning $2.2MM in 2014, making him a highly affordable option for the final few weeks of the season. He’s owed roughly $493K through season’s end.

12 Responses to Neal Cotts Claimed On Revocable Waivers Leave a Reply

  1. dishnet34 11 months ago

    Tigers, please.

  2. MadmanTX 11 months ago

    JD needs to make whichever team claimed Cotts pay through the nose. Especially, if it’s the Tigers, Dodgers or Yankees.

    • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 11 months ago

      No one is going to pay much for a little over a month of Cotts.

    • rct 11 months ago

      He’ll likely pitch ~15 regular season innings and maybe 10 more if whoever claimed him goes deep. I’d be shocked if anyone is going to pay much for about 25 innings of an inconsistent reliever.

      • Shaundalyn Chic 11 months ago

        In the playoffs LHP set up men are at a premium.

        • rct 11 months ago

          Right, but you’re probably only going to get a max of 10 innings from him, so ‘paying through the nose’ isn’t going to happen.

  3. Ron Loreski 11 months ago

    It better be the Pirates. Huntington needs to do something about this horrific bullpen!

    • connfyoozed . 11 months ago

      I would love it, but there is no way he made it that far through waiver process. Ironically, years ago Pirates had Scott’s in training camp on minor league deal, though he wasn’t anywhere near as good then and has been dropped by multiple other teams since.

  4. bobbleheadguru 11 months ago

    Tigers would have the highest waiver position of the teams listed.

    Would make sense.

  5. I remember him on the Cubs a few years ago. He wasn’t the greatest, but he was a good guy. If he goes anywhere, I’d like to see him wind up on the Royals for the rest of this season.

    • bobbleheadguru 11 months ago

      Tigers will have blocked the Royals. Ironic consequence of pulling into 1st place for Royals.

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