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56 Neal Cotts RP
Height/Weight: 6-1/200 | Birthdate: 3/25/1980 | Birthplace: Lebanon, IL | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Texas | College: Illinois State | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: /images/baseball/mlb/players/170x170/390801.png | Owned/Started%: 1/1 | Average Draft Position: 351.91

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Neal Cotts allows run in second save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Rangers pitcher Neal Cotts picked up his second save Tuesday despite allowing one earned run on one hit and one walk in one inning while striking out one in his team's 2-1 victory over the Astros.

Cotts needed 25 pitches but was able to hang on for a save, though the Astros brought home a run with a sacrifice fly. He owns a 4.18 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 63:23 K:BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings.


Neal Cotts earns first save Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Rangers pitcher Neal Cotts picked up his first save of the season Saturday, allowing one hit and striking out one in a scoreless ninth to finish off his team's 3-2 win over the Braves.

Cotts had surrendered runs in four of his previous five outings before coming in and getting the job done Saturday with no margin for error. He threw 12 of his 16 pitches for strikes. Cotts owns a 4.19 ERA and 61:22 K:BB ratio in 62 1/3 innings.


Recently claimed Neal Cotts will not be traded


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Though he was claimed on revocable waivers and considered a trade candidate this week, ESPN.com reports Thursday Rangers reliever Neal Cotts will not be traded.

Cotts was claimed by an American League team, but that was done to block him from going elsewhere. He will remain in Texas for the rest of the season, where he has a 3.48 ERA in 54 1/3 innings of work. 


Report: Neal Cotts claimed off waivers; trade a possibility


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Rangers left-hander Neal Cotts has been claimed on revocable waivers by an unnamed organization, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The team that claimed him has two days from the point of the claim to work out a trade for Cotts.

Cotts has been solid for Texas this season despite a 2-7 record. He has allowed 52 hits in 54 1/3 innings with 20 walks and 58 strikeouts.


Three Rangers clear waivers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Three Rangers have cleared waivers, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Yu Darvish, Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo are now all eligible to be traded in the coming days. That doesn't seem likely, considering their big contracts and importance to the Rangers franchise. Neal Cotts was also placed on waivers, which are expected to expire tomorrow. There's a higher chance he gets dealt. 


Neal Cotts surrenders three runs in loss Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Rangers pitcher Neal Cotts took a loss Friday, giving up three earned runs on four hits in one inning while striking out two in his team's 4-3 defeat against the Astros.

Cotts (2-6) gave up a two-run home run in the eighth inning to turn a one-run lead into a one-run deficit. The Astros tacked on one more run in the inning, and it proved to be vital after the Rangers scored once in the ninth. Cotts owns a 3.73 ERA and 56:19 K:BB ratio in 50 2/3 innings.


Alex Rios, Neal Cotts likely on move from Texas


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Rangers are expected to be very active ahead of Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline, FOXSports.com reports.

According to the report, the Rangers were aggressively trying to move outfielder Alex Rios and reliever Neal Cotts Thursday morning. Both players have been linked to trade rumors leading up to the deadline, with the Rangers well out of the race during an injury-plagued season. 


Orioles, Rangers discussing Neal Cotts


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) The Orioles and Rangers are discussing a potential trade to send pitcher Neal Cotts to Baltimore, MLB.com reports.

The Orioles are on the lookout for a relief pitcher who has success against batters on both sides of the plate. The Rangers have been considering keeping Cotts through the deadline and attempting to resign him for next season. He has posted a 3.52 ERA and 50:18 K:BB ratio in 46 innings.


Rangers considering resigning Neal Cotts


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) The Rangers are considering keeping pitcher Neal Cotts through the trade deadline and resigning him to return next season, MLB.com reports.

"That wouldn't be bad," Cotts said. "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."

Cotts has posted a 3.20 ERA and 50:18 K:BB ratio in 45 innings.


Report: Andrew Miller is top relief target for Braves


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller is believed to be the Braves' top bullpen target with the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looming, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Diamondbacks reliever Oliver Perez, Cubs reliever Wesley Wright, Rangers reliever Neal Cotts, Astros reliever Tony Sipp and Marlins reliever Mike Dunn are other left-handed relievers believed to be available in a trade and could be targets for Atlanta.


Neal Cotts, Jason Frasor prime candidates to be traded


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Rangers relief pitchers Neal Cotts and Jason Frasor are the players with the best chance of being traded by the team before the trade deadline, MLB.com reports.

Both pitchers are free agents at the end of the season, and the Rangers will be using the second half to evaluate young talent as they sit far back in the American League West. Cotts is 2-5 with a 3.65 ERA, while Frasor is 1-1 with a 2.86 ERA.


Neal Cotts picks up second win Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Rangers pitcher Neal Cotts earned the win Saturday after giving up one hit and no runs in 1 2/3 innings while striking out four in his team's 4-3 victory over the Mariners.

Cotts (2-3) was charged with a blown save as well, as the hit he surrendered came to the first batter he faced and scored a game-tying run, which was charged to the previous pitcher. He settled down after that to induce a pop-up for the second out of the inning and then strike out the next four batters he faced. Cotts owns a 3.67 ERA and 32:9 K:BB ratio in 27 innings.


Rangers sticking with Alexi Ogando, Neal Cotts in key situations


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2014) Rangers manager Ron Washington said Monday that he'll continue to stick with pitchers Alexi Ogando and Neal Cotts in the eighth inning, FOX Sports Southwest reports.

"I'm giving them the ball," Washington said.

Ogando took the loss Sunday after giving up three earned runs in the eighth inning, resulting in his ERA rising to 6.39 in 12 2/3 innings. Cotts, who took the loss Friday after giving up four earned runs and not recording an out in the eighth inning, owns a 7.27 ERA in 8 2/3 innings.


Neal Cotts works past minor injury scare


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2014) Rangers relief pitcher Neal Cotts left Monday's outing after taking a liner from Daric Barton off his leg/backside area against Oakland. He appeared to be fine after the play, but was removed for Alexi Ogando to match up with Nick Punto, Oakland's pinch-hitter, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Cotts worked past one hit and needed just 15 pitches in a scoreless inning of work. He owns a 3.38 ERA over eight innings pitched.

Neal Cotts blows slim lead vs. Rays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Rangers relief pitcher Neal Cotts suffered a blown save loss on Saturday against the Rays in Tampa Bay.

Cotts (0-1) entered the game in the eight and was unable to hang on to a slim, one-run advantage, coughing up a two-run double to James Loney. He was charged with two runs on one hit and two walks over an inning of work.

Cotts has allowed two runs over two innings pitched this season.

Alexi Ogando, Neal Cotts expected to serve late-inning roles


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2014) Rangers manager Ron Washington told ESPN Dallas on Thursday that Alexi Ogando and Neal Cotts are his primary seventh and eighth inning guys, although the order may change at times.

Ogando endured a rough spring, posting a 5.84 ERA and 9:4 K:BB ratio over 12 1/3 innings. Cotts allowed six earned runs over 6 2/3 innings in eight appearances.

Rangers, Neal Cotts avoid arbitration


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2014) The Rangers and pitcher Neal Cotts have agreed to a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration, the team announced Wednesday. The deal is worth $2.2 million, Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Cotts enjoyed a top-rate return to the majors last season, going 8-3 with a 1.11 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 65:18 K:BB ratio in 57 innings over 58 appearances.


Rangers add Neal Cotts to bullpen


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2013) The Rangers recalled reliever Neal Cotts Tuesday, MLB.com reports. Cotts comes up from Triple-A Round Rock as the corresponding roster move to Josh Lindblom being sent down following his start Monday.

The reliever is 3-1 with a 0.78 ERA and opposing batters are hitting .171 off him over 15 appearances with Round Rock.

Cotts has appeared in 284 major league games with the White Sox and Cubs for a career ERA of 4.63.

Mike Olt among Rangers' trims


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2013) The Rangers made another wave of roster cuts Tuesday, optioning pitchers Jeff Beliveau and Wilmer Font, outfielder Engel Beltre and first baseman Mike Olt to Triple-A Round Rock. Texas also moved first basemen Brandon Allen and Brandon Snyder, catchers Jose Felix and Juan Apodaca, pitchers Collin Balester, Neal CottsEvan Meek and Yoshinori Tateyama to its minor-league camp.

Olt is viewed as one of the club's top prospects, but struggled during his spring audition and hit just .194 in Cactus League play. The 24-year-old did manage two homers and should rise to the Rangers later in the year.


Cotts makes long-awaited return


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2012) Texas minor-league pitcher Neal Cotts made his first appearance in a regular-season game in nearly three years when he took the mound Monday night for Triple-A Round Rock. Cotts, who has battled an assortment of injuries including a recent lat strain, pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed a run on two hits. He did manage two strikeouts.