After a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Baltimore August 21, the Twins made a stunning announcement. General Manager Terry Ryan has been on the hot seat lately for not adding depth to a playoff contending team. If the Twins have any hope at securing a wild-card spot, their bullpen must improve. Ryan delivered by breaking the news that the Twins have made a trade. The Twins acquired Milwaukee reliever Neal Cotts for a player to be named later or cash. Since it is August, Cotts had to be put through waivers and, therefore, the Twins claimed him.
The 35-year-old, 10-year veteran has been on 4 teams. Cotts came up with the White Sox, posting a 4.52 ERA with a 10-7 record and 169 strikeouts in 4 years. Cotts has a career record of 21-24 en route to a 3.96 ERA, 412 strikeouts, and surrendering 55 home runs. Cotts’ best year came in 2005 playing for the White Sox, where he went 4-0 in 69 appearances, adding up to an outstanding 1.94 ERA and 58 strikeouts. While with the Cubs in 2009, Cotts underwent the Tommy John surgery, ending his Cubs stint. After the surgery, he was away from MLB until Texas signed him in 2013 as Cotts was recovering from various surgeries.
Ryan hopes Cotts will improve his bullpen in a hurry. Twins manager Paul Molitor said that he will use Cotts in different bullpen roles. The Twins hope Cotts can help boost them into the post-season!
Written by: Michael L. Sack