Cotts was reassigned to the Nationals' minor-league camp Wednesday, MLB.com's Jamal Collier reports. Cotts was a useful bullpen piece for the Brewers and Twins in 2015, but after failing to find much success while pitching exclusively at the Triple-A level last season, he was forced to settle for a minor-league deal with the Nats in the offseason. While he threw respectably in spring training, Cotts didn't shine nearly enough for the Nationals to justify opening up a 40-man roster spot for him. Assuming he decides to stick with the organization, Cotts figures to open the campaign with Triple-A Syracuse.
Cotts signed a minor league deal with the Nationals on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training, The Washington Post reports. He spent all of last season at Triple-A, bouncing between the Angels', Yankees', and Rangers' systems, and the 36-year-old has a career 4.36 ERA in 443.1 major league innings. Barring a rash of injuries in the Nats' bullpen, Cotts will likely only be organizational depth for the team.
Cotts' minor league contract was selected by the Rangers, and he was assigned to Triple-A Round Rock. Cotts has pitched 21.0 innings for a 3.86 ERA and 1.14 WHIP as a reliever at the Triple-A level in 2016. He was released by the Yankees on June 13. The veteran relief pitcher will be used mostly for organizational depth in the bullpen.
Cotts was released by the Yankees on Monday, Brendan Kuty of NJ.com reports. Cotts, who signed a minor league contract with the team May 20, had a 3.86 ERA in 21 innings this season for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The 36-year-old reliever has not pitched in the majors since ending last season with Minnesota and now leaves his third minor-league team this season. Cotts has clearly shown signs of decline and faces an uphill battle to return to the majors.
Cotts was released Wednesday after opting out of his minor-league deal. Cotts was playing for Triple-A Salt Lake City, but chose to opt out of deal. The Angels decided not to place him on the 25-man roster, and instead released him. He pitched 13.2 innings for Triple-A Salt Lake City, for an ERA of 3.95 and 9 strikeouts.
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