Cotton signed with the Rangers as a non-roster invitee Monday.
Once a fairly promising prospect, Cotton recorded an unremarkable 4.95 ERA in 158.1 innings for Oakland in 2016 and 2017 before seeing his career derailed by Tommy John surgery. He's yet to return to the highest level, most recently spending last season with the Cubs' organization but failing to earn a call-up. He's at least landed with a team short on established arms, but there's little reason to expect a player with his unimpressive track record to make a big impact even if he earns a roster spot.
Cotton was released by the Cubs on Saturday.
The team claimed Ildemaro Vargas off waivers Saturday and released Cotton to make room. The 28-year-old righty never appeared in a big league game for the Cubs and hasn't pitched in the majors since 2017 when he was with Oakland. He'll now look to latch on with a new club before the condensed 2020 season is over.
The Cubs outrighted Cotton to their alternate training site in South Bend on Thursday.
While he'd already been working out at South Bend, he'll stick around as part of the Cubs' 60-man roster pool after Chicago designated him for assignment over the weekend to remove him from the 40-man roster. Cotton hasn't appeared in the majors since 2017, when he posted a 5.58 ERA over 129 innings with Oakland.
The Cubs designated Cotton for assignment Sunday, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.
Once a promising pitching prospect in the Oakland organization, Cotton's career has been trending downward after he required Tommy John surgery in March 2018. He hasn't surfaced in the big leagues since undergoing the procedure and will now be exposed to waivers if the Cubs aren't able to work out a trade within the next few days.
Cotton has been optioned to the Cubs' alternate training site in South Bend and will not be on the Opening Day roster, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Cotton is on the 40-man roster and was competing for a bullpen spot, but he'll instead work in South Bend and offer organizational depth. If he does make it to the majors at some point this year, it'll be his first MLB game action since 2017.
Chicago manager David Ross said he plans on using a five-man rotation to begin the season, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports, which would squeeze Cotton from a potential sixth starter role.
Some MLB teams may deploy six-man rotations to ease the burden on their starters early in the year, but Ross doesn't seem to favor that approach. Tyler Chatwood is the heavy favorite for the fifth starter spot, so that would push Cotton and Alec Mills into potential long-relief roles. Cotton hasn't pitched in the majors since 2017 after undergoing Tommy John surgery back in March 2018.
Tyler Chatwood is the favorite for the Cubs' fifth rotation spot, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports, which would likely push Cotton to Triple-A Iowa to begin the season.
Cotton was mentioned as a possible candidate for a rotation spot earlier in the spring, but the battle for the final role has seemingly come down to Chatwood and Alec Mills. Without the benefit of additional Cactus League play to bolster his case, Cotton will likely head to Triple-A and try to find some success in the minors after posting a rough 6.75 ERA in 30.1 innings across two levels last year. The 28-year-old missed all of 2018 recovering from Tommy John surgery and hasn't pitched in the majors since 2017.
Cotton agreed to a one-year, $640,000 deal with the Cubs on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
He will avoid an arbitration hearing with his new team. Cotton, who was acquired earlier this offseason from Oakland in exchange for cash, has not appeared in the big leagues since 2017 due to Tommy John surgery. As things currently stand, Cotton would compete with Alec Mills and Adbert Alzolay for the Cubs' final rotation spot, but they could also add a starter in a trade or free agency.
Cotton was traded from the Athletics to the Cubs on Saturday in exchange for cash considerations.
Expectations shouldn't be too high for Cotton, who's heading into his age-28 season having not appeared in the big leagues since 2017 due to Tommy John surgery. He wasn't great prior to that, posting a 4.95 ERA over 29 starts. Still, it's a low-risk flyer on a player who had a moderate amount of hype back when he was a prospect due to his strong changeup.
Cotton was designated for assignment Wednesday.
Cotton was booted off the roster so the Athletics could protect Daulton Jefferies ahead of the Rule 5 draft. Recovery from Tommy John surgery has kept Cotton out of the big leagues for the last two seasons. He stumbled to a 6.75 ERA in 30.2 rehab innings in 2019.
Cotton (elbow) was activated from the 60-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Cotton has made five rehab appearances since July 9, though he's struggled to a 9.82 ERA, 2.05 WHIP and 9:4 K:BB across 7.1 innings in those outings. As such, the right-hander will continue to shake off the rust in the minors before joining the Athletics in a relief role for the stretch run.
Cotton (elbow) recorded four strikeouts and allowed an earned run on three hits over 1.2 innings in Triple-A Las Vegas' win over El Paso on Saturday.
The fact Cotton got 25 of his 35 pitches into the strike zone and racked up four whiffs on his six outs were both encouraging. The right-hander did continue to pitch to contact, however. He's now allowed multiple hits in four consecutive rehab outings, all which have been 1.2 innings or less in duration. With eight rehab appearances under his belt, Cotton could be on the verge of activation.
Cotton (elbow) allowed two earned runs on two hits and a walk over an inning in Triple-A Las Vegas' win over El Paso on Tuesday.
Cotton followed A.J. Puk out of the bullpen Tuesday, but he couldn't quite duplicate the caliber of effort his fellow rehabber was able to generate. The right-hander has allowed multiple earned runs in four of his six rehab appearances, leading to a bloated 8.53 ERA and 1.50 WHIP across 12.2 minor-league innings thus far. Like Puk, Cotton is slated for a relief role at the big-league level upon activation.
Cotton (elbow) was charged with the loss for Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday against Tacoma, allowing two earned runs on two hits over one inning while also recording a strikeout.
Cotton's rocky rehab assignment continued Tuesday, as he failed to preserve a scoreless tie in the bottom of the eighth. The right-hander allowed an RBI groundout and a solo home run -- the only two runs scored in the contest -- although he did strike out impressive Mariners prospect Jake Fraley to end the inning. Cotton threw 16 pitches overall and has 11.2 minor-league frames across six appearances (two starts) under his belt. However, given that he's allowed multiple earned runs in four of those outings, the Athletics may opt to have him log another appearance or two before considering activation.
Cotton (elbow) allowed two earned runs on three hits and two walks across 1.2 innings in Triple-A Las Vegas' win over Salt Lake on Saturday. He struck out three.
Cotton worked up to 37 pitches overall, getting 22 into the strike zone. The right-hander provided plenty of reason for optimism with his performance, despite the fact he was tagged for an RBI double and a run-scoring groundout. Cotton has now recorded multiple strikeouts in four of five rehab appearances overall, giving him 12 K's over 10.2 innings. The outing was Cotton's second since resuming his assignment July 9, and he may need just one more turn with the Aviators before activation, considering he's arguably already stretched out enough to fill the relief role he's slated for when he makes it to the big-league club.
Cotton (elbow) will throw two innings for Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
This will be his second appearance during this rehab assignment, and he will again be limited to two innings. Cotton could be activated sometime later this month if all goes well and is expected to be used as a reliever.
Cotton (elbow) allowed an earned run on a hit and a walk over two innings for High-A Stockton versus Visalia on Tuesday. He threw 31 pitches overall, 20 for strikes.
Cotton was finally able to get back into game action after setbacks derailed the previous iteration of his rehab assignment three outings in. The right-hander is likely looking at a handful of additional appearances in the minors before activation is considered, and as per previous reports, he's expected to be deployed as a reliever once he joins the Athletics.
Cotton (elbow) will start a rehab assignment at High-A Stockton on Tuesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Cotton completed a live bullpen session Thursday at Stockton and will remain with the affiliate for his rehab assignment. The 27-year-old has yet to see the field this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March 2018 and hamstring surgery in early June. Cotton may not require an extensive stint in the minors since he will be deployed out of the bullpen upon his return to the majors.
Cotton (elbow/hamstring) is slated to throw a live bullpen session at High-A Stockton on Thursday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
If Cotton's surgically-repaired elbow and right hamstring both check out fine coming out of the session, he'll likely stick around with the affiliate to resume a minor-league rehab assignment next week. Cotton, who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2017 after requiring Tommy John surgery last spring, made three rehab appearances in May before being shut down after requiring a minor debridement procedure to address the strained hamstring. The Athletics plan to bring him back as a reliever or deploy him as an opener once he's formally activated from the 60-day injured list, likely in August.
Cotton (elbow/hamstring) tossed a 27-pitch bullpen session Saturday and said he's hopeful to resume a rehab assignment around the All-Star break, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Cotton has been sidelined all season while recovering from 2018 Tommy John surgery, but he had been trending toward a return from the 60-day injured list at some point in June before developing a hamstring injury three appearances into his rehab assignment with High-A Stockton. A June return is now off the table after he required a minor procedure to address the hamstring injury, but it sounds like he's already progressing nicely from that setback. Per Slusser, manager Bob Melvin reiterated Saturday that Cotton will be used as a reliever once reinstated from the IL, so the right-hander probably won't require extensive time in the minors to build up his pitch count. Cotton could be viewed as a late-inning setup option or a candidate to serve as an opener in games for one of the Athletics' rotation members.
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|2013||AFA-Rancho Cucamonga Qua||5.2||2||2||0||0||0||0||3||3||4||1.73||1.346|
|2013||AFX-Great Lakes Loons||58.1||11||9||1||2||5||0||58||17||42||3.56||1.016|
|2014||AFA-Rancho Cucamonga Qua||126.2||25||20||1||6||10||0||138||34||113||4.07||1.165|
|2015||AFX-Great Lakes Loons||3.1||1||1||0||0||0||0||6||1||4||5.81||1.613|
|2015||AFA-Rancho Cucamonga Qua||22.1||4||2||0||1||0||0||28||7||14||1.63||0.950|
|2015||AAA-Oklahoma City Dodger||7.1||5||0||0||0||0||0||9||2||9||5.07||1.549|
|2016||AAA-Oklahoma City Dodger||97.1||22||16||1||8||5||0||119||32||80||4.91||1.153|
|2019||AAA-Las Vegas Aviators||18.2||14||1||0||0||2||0||24||10||23||7.91||1.813|