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Neal Cotts is a Pittsburgh Pirate

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed (now) former Chicago Cubs reliever Neal Cotts to a minor league deal. Cotts is rehabbing from mid-season Tommy John surgery, and was non-tendered by the Cubs earlier this offseason. Most thought Cotts would accept a minor league deal with the Cubs, but perhaps he realized that if he makes it back next year, he’ll have a better shot of making the big club in Pittsburgh than in Chicago.


Cotts was a bit of a bust with the Cubs, never again finding the dominating success that he saw in 2005 (what? a non-closer reliever who had big time success in one season but was otherwise unpredictable? zoinks!). Neither was he particularly effective as the designated “lefty” in the pen.


Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.