The Minnesota Twins have traded for veteran left handed reliever Neal Cotts in an effort to bolster their bullpen down the stretch of the season. The transaction was confirmed by the club after tonight’s win against the Baltimore Orioles.
Cotts is a ten-year major league veteran who has a 3.28 ERA in 2015 over 50 appearances with the Milwaukee Brewers. He has been exceptionally strong against left-handed hitters this season, holding them to a .185 batting average. The 35-year-old got off to a very slow start this year and had a 4.89 ERA after May. Cotts has recovered nicely though and has pitched to a 1.95 mark since June 1st.
Minnesota will give the Brewers a player to be named later or cash in exchange for Cotts. He signed a one year, $3 million deal with Milwaukee this off-season and the Twins will be on the hook for the remaining $721,000 on the deal, according to Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press.
This move helps boost a struggling Twins bullpen. The unit has the worst ERA in the American League since the All-Star break, which is a big reason why Minnesota suddenly finds themselves on the outside looking in when it comes to the AL wild card race. It doesn’t help that the Twins bullpen is also a little banged up at the moment with All-Star Glen Perkins not available until at least Tuesday due to neck pain.
The Twins will be the fifth major league stop in Cotts’ career. He pitched in 199 games with the Chicago White Sox from 2003-2006; he has also spent time with the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers. He owns a career ERA of 3.96 over 465 appearances.
A.J. Achter has been optioned back to the Rochester Red Wings (AAA) to make room on the roster. Achter has struggled since getting recalled two weeks ago, allowing six runs over 7.1 innings of work.